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.
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'a voice as beautiful and bright as it is learned' -- The Times
'his trilogy is a wonderful achievement' -- Guardian
"A masterful portrait of old age and loneliness... I cannot praise
it highly enough"
-- Mail on Sunday
"Woodward wonderfully depicts the ignominies of old age and bereavement" -- Independent, April 14, 2007
'If this exquisitely written, funny, touching finale doesn't
actually win something, then there's no justice.' -- Daily Mail
'The writing is scintillatingly good at times, working up to vivid
and hilarious scenes.'
'There are some wonderful...needle sharp observations... and some
delightful comic moments' -- The Sunday Times
'This immediately convincing and captivating novel is full of wit
and humour and joy.' -- FT Magazine
'highly engaging...his language has a clear melodic lift' -- Nuala Watt, Herald
`Every now and then, you come across a book that is so intensely
satisfying you want to buy a sack-load of copies and dole them out to
strangers on the street, A Curious Earth is one....if only there were more
writers of his calibre at work in Britain today.'
-- Rev'd by Alastair Sooke, Daily Telegraph
In the follow-up to Booker Prize shortlisted Iíll Go To Bed At Noon, Gerard Woodward concludes his trilogy of novels about his family with an hilariously poignant look at old age, loneliness and being young at heart.
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