The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

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New York Review of Books, 10.07.2007 - 432 Seiten
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Ebenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated, and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late twentieth century. Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between the coasts of England and France yet a world apart from either. Ebenezer himself is fiercely independent, but as he reaches the end of his life he is determined to tell his own story and the stories of those he has known. He writes of family secrets and feuds, unforgettable friendships and friendships betrayed, love glimpsed and lost. The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is a beautifully detailed chronicle of a life, but it is equally an oblique reckoning with the traumas of the twentieth century, as Ebenezer recalls both the men lost to the Great War and the German Occupation of Guernsey during World War II, and looks with despair at the encroachments of commerce and tourism on his beloved island.

G. B. Edwards labored in obscurity all his life and completed The Book of Ebenezer Le Page shortly before his death. Published posthumously, the book is a triumph
of the storyteller’s art that conjures up the extraordinary voice of a living man.


"Imagine a weekend spent in deep conversation with a superb old man, a crusty, intelligent, passionate and individualistic character at the peak of his powers as a raconteur, and you will have a very good ideas of the impact of The Book of Ebenezer Le Page...It amuses, it entertains, it moves us...” –The Washington Post

"A true epic, as sexy as it is hilarious, it seems drenched with the harsh tidal beauties of its setting...For every person nearing retirement, every latent writer who hopes to leave his island and find the literary mainland, its author–quiet, self-sufficient, tidy Homeric–remains a patron saint." –Allan Gurganus, O Magazine
 

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I will get straight to it-best book I have ever read. By far. I am not sure any other books come close. It is not just a book about an elderly old coot or a book of aging or retrospection-although all ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - tessamatthey - LibraryThing

Loved dwelling on this island with the insular narrator, Ebenezer Le Page. What a glorious read! Atypical structure (compared to what I usually read, I guess). I have an affinity for British authors ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

INTRODUCTION
vii
PART 1
1
CHAPTER 1
3
CHAPTER 2
10
CHAPTER 3
15
CHAPTER 4
21
CHAPTER 5
27
CHAPTER 6
33
CHAPTER 11
196
CHAPTER 12
202
CHAPTER 13
208
CHAPTER 14
215
CHAPTER 15
221
CHAPTER 16
229
CHAPTER 17
236
CHAPTER 18
243

CHAPTER 7
38
CHAPTER 8
44
CHAPTER 9
50
CHAPTER 10
57
CHAPTER 11
63
CHAPTER 12
70
CHAPTER 13
76
CHAPTER 14
82
CHAPTER 15
89
CHAPTER 16
94
CHAPTER 17
101
CHAPTER 18
107
CHAPTER 19
113
CHAPTER 20
119
PART 2
127
CHAPTER 1
129
CHAPTER 2
136
CHAPTER 3
142
CHAPTER 4
149
CHAPTER 5
155
CHAPTER 6
161
CHAPTER 7
168
CHAPTER 8
174
CHAPTER 9
181
CHAPTER 10
189
CHAPTER 19
249
CHAPTER 20
257
PART 3
265
CHAPTER 1
267
CHAPTER 2
274
CHAPTER 3
281
CHAPTER 4
287
CHAPTER 5
295
CHAPTER 6
301
CHAPTER 7
307
CHAPTER 8
314
CHAPTER 9
321
CHAPTER 10
325
CHAPTER 11
332
CHAPTER 12
338
CHAPTER 13
345
CHAPTER 14
349
CHAPTER 15
355
CHAPTER 16
362
CHAPTER 17
369
CHAPTER 18
376
CHAPTER 19
382
CHAPTER 20
389
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Über den Autor (2007)

G. B. Edwards (1899—1976) was born on the British Island of Guernsey. A professor of drama and literature at Toynbee Hall, his friends included Middleton Murray, J.S. Collis, and Stephen Potter. Though full of promise, he published only a handful of articles. Encouraged by Edward Chaney to create a trilogy of novels on island life, he completed only one, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page.

John Fowles (1926—2005) was born in Leigh-on-Sea, in the south-east of England, and educated at Oxford. His best-known novels are The French Lieutenant's Woman and The Magus.

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