Modern Firsts Gerard Woodward A Curious Earth

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A Curious Earth

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In the heartbreakingly funny follow-up to the Booker Prize shortlisted I’ll Go to Bed at Noon, Aldous Jones is an old man whose wife has died, his children have left home, but he still wants to live life to the full.

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Gerard Woodward was born in London in 1961. After studying painting and anthropology, he published three prize-winning collections of poetry and then turned to novel writing with an ambitious trilogy of novels based on the lives of his parents. The first, August, was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award, the second, I'll Go To Bed At Noon was on the shortlist of the 2004 Man Booker Prize. Since then he has published another collection of poetry, We Were Pedestrians (shortlisted for the 2005 T.S. Eliot Prize) and begun teaching Creative Writing at Bath Spa University in Bath, where he now lives.

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Woodward's I'll Go to Bed at Noon and August were Man Booker and Whitbread finalists, respectively. In his warmly comedic latest, Aldous Jones, following the death of his wife, has retired as an art teacher and begun declining into a fetid self-imposed exile on London's Fernlight Avenue. Daughter Juliette's exasperated comment on Aldous's having failed when he gave up painting long ago rouses him to visit the National Gallery, where he makes a life-changing reacquaintance with a lusty Rembrandt portrait. Son Julian's seeming unraveling and Aldous's short hospital stay following a fall prompt Aldous to visit Julian in Ostend, Belgium; there, a madcap series of encounters ensue with much younger women, one of whom inspires him as the Rembrandt portrait does. Upon returning to London, an inspired Aldous enrolls in a language class, paints madly, travels the city with various odd companions and houses his son James and James's family, leading to further adventures. Persistent themes of aging, illness and art are seamlessly woven in via Woodward's slowly paced and beautifully written prose. Aldous is at once endearing, sad and inspiring, and he's given a vibrant set of foils in the flamboyant supporting cast. His subtle and understated deterioration is funny, haunting and human. (Mar.)
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Book Description Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom, 2007. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: N/A. Brand New Book. You don t need to have read Gerard Woodward s previous two novels, August and I ll Go To Bed At Noon , to fall in love with this one, and its wonderfully fallible hero, Aldous Jones. Having hovered at the periphery of the previous books, Aldous comes into his own in the heartbreakingly funny story of an old man whose wife has died, whose children have left home, but who still wants to live life to the full. Left with an empty house and cupboards full of hoarded odds and ends that seem to have nothing to do with him, Aldous is tempted to spend the whole day sitting in his chair in the kitchen. But with admirable determination, he resolutely resumes old pastimes until, one day, wandering London with his bus pass, he is surprised to find in the National Gallery a painting that holds him completely in its spell. Rembrandt s portrait of his housekeeper turned mistress, Hendrijcke Stoffels, awakens in Aldous the desire for a new life, a new woman, sex and companionship that will lead him to Ostende to stay with his bohemian son, to Flemish evening classes, and through a series of slightly misguided relationships with sympathetic women until eventually he meets his Hendrijcke in an ending of devastating poignancy. It is hard to name another contemporary novelist who can write with such beauty about the small details of domestic life whilst, at the same time, showing us human nature in all its many guises. In A Curious Earth , Woodward has written a book that will bring him new readers and provide for his loyal fans the perfect ending to a series of books that has led them from birth to death with sheer brilliance. Bookseller Inventory # WBC9780701179083

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