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The Devil Tree

Kosinski, Jerzy

Published by Harcourt Brace & Jovanovich, 1973
ISBN 10: 0151253285 / ISBN 13: 9780151253289
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Title: The Devil Tree

Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Jovanovich

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket.

Edition: 1st Edition.

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New York. 1973. Harcourt Brace & Jovanovich. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 209 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Inscribed by The Author. 0151253285. keywords: Literature America. inventory # 5097. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Jonathan Whalen's life has been determined from the start by the immense fortune of his father, a steel tycoon. Whalen's childlike delight in power and status mask a greater need, a desire to feel life intensely, through drugs, violence, sex, and attempts at meaningful connection with other people - whether lovers or the memory of his dead parents. But the physical is all that feels real to him, and as he embarks on a journey to Africa with his godparents, Whalen's embrace of amoral thrill accelerates toward ultimate fulfillment. Bookseller Inventory # 5097

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Synopsis: A searing novel from a writer of international stature, The Devil Tree is a tale that combines the existential emptiness of Camus's The Stranger with the universe of international playboys, violence, and murder of Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley. Jonathan Whalen's life has been determined from the start by the immense fortune of his father, a steel tycoon. Whalen's childlike delight in power and status mask a greater need, a desire to feel life intensely, through drugs, violence, sex, and attempts at meaningful connection with other people -- whether lovers or the memory of his dead parents. But the physical is all that feels real to him, and as he embarks on a journey to Africa with his godparents, Whalen's embrace of amoral thrill accelerates toward ultimate fulfillment. Now in a Grove Press paperback, Kosinski's classic, acclaimed as "an impressive novel ... it should confirm Jerzy Kosinki's position as one of our most significant writers" -- Newsweek "Savage ... [Whalen is] a foolproof, timeless American character." -- Mary Ellin Barrett, Cosmopolitan

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