Ever After

Ever After

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by Graham Swift
     
 

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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

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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 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

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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.)
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679740261
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
1st Vintage International ed
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
980,548
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author

Graham Swift is the author of six novels, including the Booker Prize-winning Last Orders. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in London, England.

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Ever After 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.