Fernanda Eberstadt Isaac and His Devils

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Isaac and His Devils

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9780446394130: Isaac and His Devils

A father who had turned his back on his dreams when he was young pushes his son to succeed where he failed, with disastrous results

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Confirming the promise of her first novel, Low Tide , Eberstadt tells a captivating tale. The ongoing struggles of the eponymous Isaac's devils within his large and awkward body produce gale forces--and a rollicking read. We meet Isaac Hooker at various moments throughout the stormy two decades of his life in a rural New Hampshire town. First as the insatiably curious and ungainly child of Sam, a would-be professor who instead teaches at the local high school, and Mattie, a slovenly and energetic power; then as the often cruel older brother of the order-loving Turner; as the brilliant but extremely difficult high school student who has read more than his teachers (and lets them know it); as the Harvard dropout who lives with his former math teacher, Agnes Urquhart, in an isolated cabin; and finally, as the neglectful son who falls apart after his father's death. Isaac is a child hell-bent on knowing everything, to the annoyance of his mother and the adoration of his father. In her sensitive account of Isaac's desperate search for truth and meaning and his wary circling of his father's failure, Eberstadt not only shows us the life of one young eccentric, but also paints portraits of small-town existence and the universal truths and pains of parental relationships. In an often dense and sometimes slow--but redeemingly clear-eyed--narrative, Eberhardt's characters are passionately conceived and rich with life.
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Isaac Hooker, a very large, physically imperfect genius, is the offspring of schoolteacher Sam, of good family and faded dreams, and Mattie, rough, vibrant, and ambitious. The oddly matched parents live a hardscrabble life in New England, raising Isaac and younger brother Turner. When adolescent Isaac displays unusual scholastic prowess, his spinster math teacher prods him to apply to Harvard, then falls in love with him when he leaves. A memorable, brilliant, but tormented hero, reminiscent of John Kennedy Toole's Ignatius Reilly in A Confederacy of Dunces , Isaac agonizes and bumbles his way to manhood. This is a rich novel, full of promise for the author's future (she is a granddaughter of Ogden Nash). For most fiction collections.
- Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., Va.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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