Vann, David Legend of a Suicide

ISBN 13: 9780141043784

Legend of a Suicide

3.76 avg rating
( 2,567 ratings by Goodreads )
)  
9780141043784: Legend of a Suicide
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Roy is still young when his father, a failed dentist and hapless fisherman, puts a .44 magnum to his head and commits suicide on the deck of his beloved boat. Throughout his life, Roy returns to that moment, gripped by its memory and the shadow it casts over his small-town boyhood, describing with poignant, mercurial wit his parents' woeful marriage and inevitable divorce, their kindnesses and weaknesses, the absurd and comic turning-points of his past. Finally, in Legend of a Suicide, Roy lays his father's ghost to rest. But not before he exacts a gruelling, exhilarating revenge.


Revolving around a fatally misconceived adventure deep in the wilderness of Alaska, this is a remarkably tender story of survival and disillusioned love.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

An extraordinary, ground-breaking piece of fiction ... Nothing quite like this book has been written before (Alex Linklater, Observer)

A richly gifted newcomer (Sunday Times Books for 2009)

Vann uses startling powers of observation to create strong characters, tense scenes and genuine surprises (Publishers’ Weekly)

Oh my god, Legend of a Suicide just bowled me over completely. It is such a tender, heartbreaking, breathtaking, horrifying and insanely compelling read that when I finished it I went straight back to the beginning and round again. I implore anyone with functioning eyes to read this book (Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine)

So hard to put down that I am thinking of suing David Vann for several hours of lost sleep (Lionel Shriver)

This book squeezes more life out of the first hundred pages than most books could manage in a thousand, which is pretty impressive, considering it's a book about death (Ross Raisin, author of God's Own Country)

In his portrayal of a young son's love for his lost father David Vann has created a stunning work of fiction: surprising, beautiful and intensely moving (Nadeem Aslam, author of Maps for Lost Lovers)

One of the most gripping debuts I've ever read (Philip Hoare, author of Leviathan)

Impossible to put down and equally impossible to forget (San Francisco Chronicle)

An American classic ... harrowing but beautifully wrought ... prose as clear and bracing as a mountain stream (Sunday Times)

About the Author:

David Vann was born on Adak Island, Alaska and spent his childhood in Ketchikan. A contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Men's Journal, Outside and National Geographic Adventure, he is author of the best-selling memoir A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea and a forthcoming novel, Caribou Island. He has been a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and a Wallace Stegner Fellow, taught at Stanford and Cornell, and is currently a professor at the University of San Francisco. Legend of a Suicide won the 2007 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780061875847: Legend of a Suicide (P.S.)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0061875848 ISBN 13:  9780061875847
Publisher: Harper Perennial, 2010
Softcover

9781558496729: Legend of a Suicide (Awp Award Series in Short Fiction) (Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction)

Univer..., 2008
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

David Vann
Published by Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom (2011)
ISBN 10: 0141043784 ISBN 13: 9780141043784
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Roy is still young when his father, a failed dentist and hapless fisherman, puts a .44 magnum to his head and commits suicide on the deck of his beloved boat. Throughout his life, Roy returns to that moment, gripped by its memory and the shadow it casts over his small-town boyhood, describing with poignant, mercurial wit his parents' woeful marriage and inevitable divorce, their kindnesses and weaknesses, the absurd and comic turning-points of his past. Finally, in Legend of a Suicide, Roy lays his father's ghost to rest. But not before he exacts a gruelling, exhilarating revenge.Revolving around a fatally misconceived adventure deep in the wilderness of Alaska, this is a remarkably tender story of survival and disillusioned love. Seller Inventory # AAZ9780141043784

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
7.94
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

David Vann
Published by Penguin Books Ltd 2009-10-29, London (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141043784 ISBN 13: 9780141043784
New paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd 2009-10-29, London, 2009. paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9780141043784

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
7.34
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Vann, David
Published by imusti (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141043784 ISBN 13: 9780141043784
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)

Book Description imusti, 2009. Paperback. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 0141043784_abe_bn

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12.40
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

David Vann
Published by Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN 10: 0141043784 ISBN 13: 9780141043784
New Paperback / softback Quantity Available: 7
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. Paperback / softback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 3 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780141043784

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
7.84
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 11.95
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

David Vann
Published by Penguin (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141043784 ISBN 13: 9780141043784
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)

Book Description Penguin, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. BRAND NEW ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Seller Inventory # mon0000198415

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
7.71
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 12.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

David Vann
Published by Penguin Books Ltd (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141043784 ISBN 13: 9780141043784
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2009. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # GB-9780141043784

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
7.58
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 15
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Vann David
Published by Penguin group (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141043784 ISBN 13: 9780141043784
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Libro Co. Italia Srl
(San Casciano Val di Pesa, FI, Italy)

Book Description Penguin group, 2009. Condition: new. London WC2R ORL, 2009; paperback. An exhilirating new voice in American fiction tells the heart-rending, utterly gripping story of a father's suicide and its repercussions on a family. Comparisons have been made to Richard Ford and Tobias Wolf. 'A richly gifted newcomer' }Sunday Times Books for 2009{. Seller Inventory # 1902344

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12.30
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 18.88
From Italy to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Vann, David
ISBN 10: 0141043784 ISBN 13: 9780141043784
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Speedy Hen
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # ST0141043784. Seller Inventory # ST0141043784

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
8.57
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 30
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Vann, David (Author)
Published by Penguin (2009)
ISBN 10: 0141043784 ISBN 13: 9780141043784
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)

Book Description Penguin, 2009. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 240 pages. In Stock. Seller Inventory # __0141043784

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
8.25
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 35
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

David Vann
ISBN 10: 0141043784 ISBN 13: 9780141043784
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
AussieBookSeller
(Lidcombe, NSW, Australia)

Book Description 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Paperback. Roy is still young when his father, a failed dentist and hapless fisherman, puts a .44 magnum to his head and commits suicide on the deck of his beloved boat. Throughout his l.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 240 pages. 0.176. Seller Inventory # 9780141043784

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
14.72
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 29.50
From Australia to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book