HEADLONG: A NOVEL, Frayn, Michael

Author Name    Frayn, Michael


Binding   Paperback

Book Condition   Very Good

Publisher    Picador 2000

ISBN Number    0312267460 / 9780312267469

Seller ID   RWARE0000035846

A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. An unlikely con man wagers wife, wealth, and sanity in pursuit of an elusiv e Old Master. Invited to dinner by the boorish local landowner, Martin Clay, an easily di stracted philosopher, and his art-historian wife are asked to assess three dusty paintings blocking the draught from the chimney. But hiding beneath t he soot is nothing less-Martin believes-than a lost work by Bruegel. So beg ins a hilarious trail of lies and concealments, desperate schemes and soari ng hopes as Martin, betting all that he owns and much that he doesn't, emba rks on a quest to prove his hunch, win his wife over, and separate the pain ting from its owner. In Headlong, Michael Frayn, "the master of what is seriously funny" (Anthon y Burgess), offers a procession of superbly realized characters, from the c ountry squire gone to seed to his giddy, oversexed young wife. All are burd ened by human muddle and human cravings; all are searching for a moral comp ass as they grapple with greed, folly, and desire. And at the heart of the clamor is Breugel's vision, its dark tones warning of the real risks of tem ptation and obsession. With this new novel, Michael Frayn has given us entertainment of the highest order. Supremely wise and wickedly funny, Headlong elevates Frayn into the front rank of contemporary novelists.

Price = 500.00 JPY

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