Chapman's Odyssey: A Novel

Chapman's Odyssey: A Novel

by Bloomsbury USA


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Stuck in a hospital and heavily medicated, Harry Chapman doesn't just hear the doctors, nurses, and other patients. Is that the voice of his mother, acerbic and disappointed in him as ever? Perhaps her presence would be understandable enough, but what is Pip from Great Expectations doing in his hospital room? More and more voices join the chorus: friends from childhood, lovers, characters from novels and poetry. His father, fighting in World War I. Babar and Céleste, who dances with Fred Astaire. Jane Austen's Emma. Harry's aunt Rose, "a stranger to moodiness." A man who wants to sell Harry T. S. Eliot's teeth. And, of course, an old friend who turns up at Harry's bedside principally to rehearse the litany of his own ailments.

Slowly, endearingly, the life of Harry Chapman coalesces before our eyes, through voices real and imagined. Written with a gentle, effortless generosity, full of delicate observation, Chapman's Odyssey is the work of a master; a superbly rendered act of storytelling and ventriloquism that is stinging, witty, deeply moving, and wise by turns, but always explores the nature of love.

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ISBN-13: 9781608198214
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/17/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 12.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Paul Bailey is an award-winning writer whose novels include At the Jerusalem, which won a Somerset Maugham Award and an Arts Council Writers' Award, and Peter Smart's Confessions and Gabriel's Lament, both shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He is the recipient of the E. M. Forster Award and the George Orwell Memorial Award. Bailey lives in London.

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