Ever After

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Dazzling in its structure and shattering in its emotional force, Graham Swift's Ever After spans two centuries and settings from the adulterous bedrooms of postwar Paris to the contemporary entanglements in the groves of academe. It is the story of Bill Unwin, a man haunted by the death of his beautify wife and a survivor himself of a recent brush with mortality. And although it touches on Darwin and dinosaurs, bees and bridge builders, the true subject of Ever After is nothing ...
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Overview

Dazzling in its structure and shattering in its emotional force, Graham Swift's Ever After spans two centuries and settings from the adulterous bedrooms of postwar Paris to the contemporary entanglements in the groves of academe. It is the story of Bill Unwin, a man haunted by the death of his beautify wife and a survivor himself of a recent brush with mortality. And although it touches on Darwin and dinosaurs, bees and bridge builders, the true subject of Ever After is nothing less than the eternal question, "Why should things matter?"

"Ever After is explicitly concerned with historical investigation, love, death, family affairs.... It moves quickly, and it vibrates with feeling and thought."--Wall Street Journal

The dazzling new novel by the author of Waterland approaches the riddle of life from the agonized perspective of Bill Unwin, a middle-aged orphan, premature widower, and failed suicide suddenly obsessed by the diaries of his Victorian ancestor, a man whose fall from happiness eerily parallels his own. "He writes like a Henry James reborn after the sexual revolution."--New York Times Book Review.

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"Ever After is explicitly concerned with historical investigation, love, death, family affairs.... It moves quickly, and it vibrates with feeling and thought." -- Wall Street Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Musing on a set of Victorian diaries and reminiscing about his own life, the quirky academic who narrates Swift's latest novel fails to capture the reader's imagination. A BOMC alternate selection in cloth. Mar.
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While struggling to reconstruct his life after an unsuccessful suicide attempt, middle-aged narrator Bill Unwin confronts his inescapable past. Numbed by the deaths of his wife and his mother, Bill had become a reluctant and skeptical academic researching notebooks written by a Victorian ancestor named Matthew Pearce. These notebooks provide a narrative vehicle for traveling backward and forward in time, giving Bill abundant opportunity to expound on such diverse topics as academia, dinosaurs, Darwin, railroads, death, and, ultimately, the enduring and life-sustaining power of love. Swift, the talented author of Waterland Pocket Bks., 1984 and Out of This World Poseidon Pr., 1988, has created a marvelous character whose wry humor and perspicacity uncover the elusive relationship between history and fiction. Poignant, astute, heartwarming, and welcome. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/91.-- Jacqueline Adams, Carroll Cty. P.L., Westminster, Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679740261
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Series: Vintage International Series
  • Edition description: 1st Vintage International ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,024,969
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Swift was born in 1949 and is the author of eight acclaimed novels and a collection of short stories; his most recent work is Making an Elephant, a book of essays, portraits, poetry and reflections on his life in writing. With Waterland he won the Guardian Fiction Prize (1983), and with Last Orders the Booker Prize (1996). Both novels have since been made into films. Graham Swift's work has appeared in over thirty languages.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2000

    'Ever After' Heartbreaking and Beautiful

    The juxtaposed stories of the modern academic and the victorian skeptic serve to illustrate that love, and loss, are constants throughout time. I was engulfed by both storylines separately, and the combination of the two was very powerful. The fact that the two stories don't dovetail perfectly isn't a flaw; it is the whole point of the story. Love and pain may endure throughout time, but people and their convictions are influenced by when they live. When Bill Unwin remembers his first night with his wife, a time before (and after) all the tragedy in his life, it is both wistful and tragic. This is a wonderful novel.

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