Feast of Love

Feast of Love

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by Charles Baxter
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0307387275

ISBN-13: 2900307387270

Pub. Date: 08/21/2007

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

From "one of our most gifted writers" (Chicago Tribune), here is a superb new novel that delicately unearths the myriad manifestations of extraordinary love between ordinary people.

The Feast of Love is just that — a sumptuous work of fiction about the thing that most distracts and delights us. In a re-imagined Midsummer

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From "one of our most gifted writers" (Chicago Tribune), here is a superb new novel that delicately unearths the myriad manifestations of extraordinary love between ordinary people.

The Feast of Love is just that — a sumptuous work of fiction about the thing that most distracts and delights us. In a re-imagined Midsummer Night's Dream, men and women speak of and desire their ideal mates; parents seek out their lost children; adult children try to come to terms with their own parents and, in some cases, find new ones.

In vignettes both comic and sexy, the owner of a coffee shop recalls the day his first wife seemed to achieve a moment of simple perfection, while she remembers the women's softball game during which she was stricken by the beauty of the shortstop. A young couple spends hours at the coffee shop fueling the idea of their fierce love. A professor of philosophy, stopping by for a cup of coffee, makes a valiant attempt to explain what he knows to be the inexplicable workings of the human heart Their voices resonate with each other — disparate people joined by the meanderings of love — and come together in a tapestry that depicts the most irresistible arena of life. Crafted with subtlety, grace, and power, The Feast of Love is a masterful novel.

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ISBN-13:
2900307387270
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/21/2007
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
320

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Feast of Love 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
..and it's not necessarily what really happened, at least according to the other participants. The characters are finely draw, honest and interesting even when distasteful and unappealling in their habits. The part about the psychic in Ypsilanti is too funny - you want to read it out loud to a friend. The last chapter I have read several times. Life is sad, funny, passionate and full of missteps- but our time here is short - we should appreciate it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never has a book kept me up all night. Feast of Love is a rare look at the passion behind what really makes a relationship work. The way you are able to relate to there struggles and emotion is nothing short of outstanding. Highly charged. A must for any avid reader.
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KVSallis More than 1 year ago
Only one of the most brilliant books I have ever read. Ever. Read. I have read a LOT of books. Like Pet Sematary, I was disappointed in watching the movie (for different reasons), though the movie was probably in all actuality quite good. Reading the book several years beforehand in effect spoiled any motion picture concept to come. It is raw emotion. Pure, raw, intense energy, even in the slowest-paced parts of this work. If Bret Easton Elis (who I like) was an even better writer, and left behind the morose for the *real* morbidity of the human emotional condition, this would be the product. Absolutely incredible.
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Ashley Mulhollam More than 1 year ago
By far my favorite read. Purely beautiful story.
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Kayla Compton More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put this book down
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EMM31 More than 1 year ago
Charles Baxter compiles characters that are real and a story that flows.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Charles Baxter novel I have ever read and I simply loved it. The characters are living, breathing people that, like us all are living, loving and are interconnected in a way that is entertaining as well as poignant. I highly recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am currently deployed and my best friend sends me random books to read. At first when I got it in the mail I was half tempted to throw the book to the side and just watch the movie. I am glad I didn't. Once I started reading the book, I couldn¿t put it down. When I was finished with it, I watched the movie and I am just going to say, the movie does NOT compare to the book. Chloe and Oscar are amazing in the book you feel like you know them and want the love that they share together. In the movie their meeting and other life changing events weren¿t so emotional because of that! I highly recommend the book. I did not think the movie was worth watching once I read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was my first Baxter book and completely adored it! The Feast of Love tops my favorite book list. Though it took a while for me to get into it, I became addicted. The book is a thinker and makes you say 'oooh.' I loved his style, the humor and the sadness. I bought my second Baxter book, Saul and Patsy.