Destiny: A Novel

Destiny: A Novel

by Tim Parks

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Overview

Christopher Burton, the protagonist of this masterful novel, is one of Britain’s foremost foreign correspondents, the acknowledged world expert on Italian affairs. Three months after returning to London with his Italian wife for an extended stay, Burton receives a phone call at the reception desk of his hotel informing him that his teenage son has committed suicide. Why, upon receiving this terrible news, does he immediately conclude that his marriage of almost thirty years is over? And why is grief so slow in coming? Burton feels his pious, mercurial wife may have given him his life in Italy—even his prestigious career—but she has also made it impossible. Was their troubled son somehow the victim of their long, explosive love-hate relationship? Looking back, Burton sees in his life a web of contradictions, unanswered questions, and confusions. And yet, it has been his destiny.

Intensely dramatic, dark, and yet often hilariously funny, Destiny is a seamless, beautifully plotted story and a profound meditation on marriage and identity. Parks offers us a searing account of what it means to tread the narrow line between sanity and psychosis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611458152
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 04/07/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tim Parks is the author of more than twenty novels and works of nonfiction, including the best-selling Italian Neighbors and An Italian Education. His novels include Europa which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His essays have appeared in the The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, for which he blogs. Tim Park is also a renowned translator. He lives in Italy.

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Destiny: A Novel 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
edwinbcn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Following the suicide of his son, a man is plunged into a depression, self-doubt and the conviction that he should divorce. A chaotic, disturbed novel. I could not make much of it, and lost interest after about 80 pages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading this book looks like a travel inside the character's mind.