Coda

Coda

by Simon Gray
     
 

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From heartbreaking reflections on his own mortality to characteristically outrageous asides—"everybody knows somebody who knows somebody who was given six months to live, and here they are, only just dead, eight years later or, in exceptional cases, here they still are, eating oysters and boring the shit out of people"—Gray's self-proclaimed "last written

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From heartbreaking reflections on his own mortality to characteristically outrageous asides—"everybody knows somebody who knows somebody who was given six months to live, and here they are, only just dead, eight years later or, in exceptional cases, here they still are, eating oysters and boring the shit out of people"—Gray's self-proclaimed "last written words on the subject of myself" records his extraordinary emotional journey. Darkly comic depictions of the medical team are set against joyful accounts of sunlit days with this beloved wife, Victoria, in Crete and a beautiful early summer in Suffolk. Woven into the narrative are arguments with himself, "Dialogue between a Thicko and a Sicko," a shameful childhood memory, and a masterfully tense "distraction," written in real time while waiting for his final prognosis—and smoking one last cigarette. Written with exceptional candor and a poignant reluctance to leave this world behind, Coda is painful and beautiful.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847081001
Publisher:
Granta UK
Publication date:
06/01/2008
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Simon Gray (1936–2008) wrote more than 30 plays, including Butley, The Common Pursuit, and Cell Mates, as well as several volumes of diaries and memoir including The Smoking Diaries.

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