First Edition (first U.S. printing). A novel by the author of A BOY'S OWN STORY and THE BEAUTIFUL ROOM IS EMPTY, the third volume in his autobiographical trilogy. Fine/Fine but for light rub marks to the spine. Signed by White on the title page. N° de réf. du libraire
Synopsis : Following A Boy's Own Story (now a classic of American fiction) and his richly acclaimed The Beautiful Room Is Empty, here is the eagerly awaited final volume of Edmund White's groundbreaking autobiographical trilogy.
Named for the work by Haydn in which the instrumentalists leave the stage one after another until only a single violin remains playing, this is the story of a man who has outlived most of his friends. Having reached the six-month anniversary of his lover's death, he embarks on a journey of remembrance that will recount his struggle to become a writer and his discovery of what it means to be a gay man. His witty, conversational narrative transports us from the 1960s to the near present, from starkly erotic scenes in the back rooms of New York clubs to episodes of rarefied hilarity in the salons of Paris to moments of family truth in the American Midwest. Along the way, a breathtaking variety of personal connections--and near misses--slowly builds an awareness of the transformative power of genuine friendship, of love and loss, culminating in an indelible experience with a dying man. And as the flow of memory carries us across time, space and society, one man's magnificently realized story grows to encompass an entire generation.
Sublimely funny yet elegiac, full of unsparingly trenchant social observation yet infused with wisdom and a deeply felt compassion, The Farewell Symphony is a triumph of reflection and expressive elegance. It is also a stunning and wholly original panorama of gay life over the past thirty years--the crowning achievement of one of our finest writers.
Critique: Edmund White has long been praised as one of America's most accomplished novelists. The Farewell Symphony is the final volume in the autobiographical trilogy that began with A Boy's Own Story and The Beautiful Room Is Empty. It details the narrator's life in New York in the 1970s and his flight to Paris as the AIDS epidemic begins. White's prose, at once lucid and magical, is the essence of great writing. Its plainspoken cadences and language resonate with the tragedy of youthful passion giving way to hard-earned knowledge. Like Sherwood Anderson or Theodore Dreiser, White has captured the soul of the American experience--in this case a gay male experience--and made it into art.
Titre : The Farewell Symphony
Éditeur : Knopf
Date d'édition : 1997
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Fine
Edition : 1st Edition.
Description du livre Knopf. Hardcover. État : Good. Light shelving wear with minimal damage to cover and bindings. Pages show minor use. N° de réf. du libraire G0679434771I3N00
Description du livre Knopf. Hardcover. État : Fair. N° de réf. du libraire G0679434771I5N00
Description du livre Knopf. Hardcover. État : Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear and the pages have only minimal creases. N° de réf. du libraire G0679434771I3N10
Description du livre Knopf. Hardcover. État : Good. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. N° de réf. du libraire G0679434771I3N00
Description du livre Knopf. Hardcover. État : GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. N° de réf. du libraire 2691714453
Description du livre Knopf. Hardcover. État : GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. N° de réf. du libraire 2703773311
Description du livre Knopf. Hardcover. État : GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. N° de réf. du libraire 2723411113
Description du livre Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. État : Good. This is a former library book with library stickers and stamps. N° de réf. du libraire mon0001288965
Description du livre Knopf. Hardcover. État : Very Good. 0679434771 Very Good Condition. Tight and Neat. Five star seller - Buy with confidence!. N° de réf. du libraire Z0679434771Z2
Description du livre Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1997. Half-Leather. État : Very Good. Etat de la jaquette : Very Good. First American Edition. 413 pp. Remainder mark (dot) on the upper page edges. The binding is tight and square, and the text is clean. The jacket is slightly rubbed along the upper and lower edges. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de réf. du libraire 029161