Book Reviews of Gerontius

Author: James Hamilton-Paterson
ISBN-13: 9780939149483
ISBN-10: 0939149486
Publication Date: 4/1991
Pages: 264

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Publisher: Soho Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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In this delightful novel, which won a Whitbread Prize in 1989, James Hamilton-Paterson joins celebrated British composer Edward Elgar on a cruise on the Amazon River and imagines what artists of the time may have pondered. "Oh Edward what a stupid doltish ass you've been to waste your life on the idea that art--in its small way--can make the least difference to things," he imagines Elgar as commenting. The book isn't merely a collection of questioning ruminations; the cruise is filled with a variety of comical and interesting passengers and crew members.
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Winner of the Whitbread Prize

"A rich reflection upon the nature of the artist. A novel which is unafraid of ideas and where the writing gives a constant reinforcement of pleasure." -- Weekend Telegraph