The Calligrapher

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005 - 360 Seiten
This beguiling novel is a provocative romantic comedy centered on a young London calligrapher named Jasper, who is an engaging, intelligent serial seducer and a breaker of hearts. But when he meets Madeleine, a captivating but enigmatic woman who is his equal in every way, he falls helplessly in love. Vulnerable for the first time, he is headed for his comeuppance at last. Jasper is transcribing the Songs and Sonnets of that other great lover, John Donne, for a rich American client. As he works on them (revealing to us the fascinating art of the calligrapher), he discovers that these wise and beautiful love poems illuminate his own experiences -- of the difference between love and lust, of the play of truth and deceit between men and women, of the cost of constancy.

As well as bringing modern London vividly to life, The Calligrapher is keenly observant of contemporary relationships and modern mores. Underlying its sparkling surface are Jasper's wry but heartfelt lamentations about the diminishment of our culture: the trivial masquerading as the consequential, the rising tide of ignorance, the triumph of the lowest common denominator. At once wickedly witty and deeply serious, sweet and cynical, romantic and reflective, this stylish, wonderfully entertaining novel is an accomplished and exciting literary debut.
 

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Nutzerbericht  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

I love books that have the ability to suck you into its pages. I started reading The Calligrapher and before I knew it 75 pages were devoured before I next looked up. Onto the plot: Jasper Jackson is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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A witty debut by British culture critic and columnist Docx: the story of a young artist and philanderer who falls hopelessly in love with an unattainable woman. Jasper Jackson is one of those ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

Confined Love
7
The Prohibition
19
The Sun Rising
33
Loves Exchange
42
PART TWO
55
The 1ndifferent
57
The Bait
71
The Triple Fool
81
The Good Morrow
196
PART FOUR
213
The Dream
215
Loves Growth
234
The Legacy
249
Song
267
The Ecstasy
276
The Canonization
288

Loves Diet
89
PART THREE
99
The Damp
101
Negative Love
106
Air and Angels
119
The Dream Image of her
138
Song
155
Loves Alchemy
161
The Message
174
The Apparition
177
PART FIVE
309
Farewell to Love
311
The Curse
318
Twickenham Garden
324
The Broken Heart
325
A Nocturnal upon St Lucys Day
333
A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
339
Womans Constancy
345
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
359
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Über den Autor (2005)

Edward Docx is the author of the acclaimed The Calligrapher, named a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. He lives in London.

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