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With his elegant prose and perceptive imagination, the bestselling author of The Crimson Petal and the White creates a unique, self-contained world, where the perennial human drama plays out in all its passion and ambiguity. In these acclaimed novellas, Michel Faber takes on the interior world of inventively crafted characters. "The Courage Consort" tells of an a capella vocal ensemble sequestered in a Belgian chateau to rehearse a monstrously complicated new piece. But competing artistic temperaments and sexual needs create as much discordance as the avant-garde music. In "The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps," a lonely woman joins an archaeological dig at Whitby Abbey and unearths a mystery involving a long-hidden murder. In "The Fahrenheit Twins," strange children, identical in all but gender and left alone at the icy zenith of the world by their anthropologist parents, create their own ritual civilization.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Michel Faber's work has been published in twenty countries and received several literary awards. He lives in Scotland.
Hometown:A remote cottage in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands
Date of Birth:April 13, 1960
Place of Birth:The Hague, Netherlands
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
These are three powerful, beautifully written novellas. Faber has a keen and penetrating understanding of his characters, as anyone who read his previously published novel THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE knows. His plots and settings are fascinating (a modern-day Belgian chateau, an English seaside archaological dig, etc...), and his characters are deep and varied. The Courage Consort, the title story, was the strongest of the three novellas, and also the most moving. A modern-day acapella group retires to a secluded Belgian chateau to rehearse a very complicated piece for an upcoming music festival. The interplay between the groups' varied personalities climaxes at a tragedy. The beauty of the story's final pages draws them back together.