A first novel about Moses Highness, brought up in an English village that nobody had ever left. Moses moves to London and begins to unearth the bizarre and chilling secrets of his past, of his mother who ate raw yeast to rise out of her misery and his father who stayed in bed for 15 years.
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Rupert Thomson is the author of seven novels. His books have been shortlisted for various awards including the Writer's Guild Fiction Prize for Air and Fire and the Guardian Prize for Fiction. He lives in Barcelona.From Publishers Weekly:
There is a deus ex machina in this humdinger of a first novel, masquerading as the piranha-like English village of New Egypt. Once born there, nobody escapesnobody except Moses Highness, whose spiritually imprisoned father George collects rushes from the river, fashions them into a basket and sets his 13-month-old son afloat. We meet Moses next in London, age 24, 66 with knockout looks. He has spent the intervening years first in an orphanage and then with warm and caring foster parents. Jobless, but never short of resources, Moses and a handful of punk friends seem determined to drink or drug themselves into oblivion. But Moses can never get drunk enough to dislodge the painful question of his identity, with which the bulk of the action and the remainder of the book are concerned. Jam-packed with events and filled with suspense, the narrative is completely absorbing. Because the prose is elegant and magic with metaphor, because even secondary characters brighten the pagesEddie, for instance, whose smile is "almost as loud as a laugh"the reader cheerfully suspends disbelief. When the long but never burdensome tale comes to a close, Moses has uncovered his past but not yet the kernel of self. The future of Moses and New Egypt will be happily pondered by those whose good fortune it is to have met them.
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Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, age odour, 1st Edition, 448 pages. (Moses Highness? Not a very typical English name, you might think. Nor did Moses, growing up alone in the outside world, as he began to scour the phonebooks for some clue to his origins. He moved to London and found a flatmate, Eddie, who was so beautiful he could make people faint. He also found Gloria, a jazz-singer, and fell in love with her because her eyebrows told the time like the hands on a clock. But he had still to unearth the bizarre and chilling secrets of his past. He had yet to learn of his mother who ate raw yeast because she wanted to rise out of her misery, his father who spent eight years in bed, the greengrocer who disguised himself as a section of ploughed field, the postman who thought he was Tarzan. And, most threatening of all, the brutal, obsessive figure of Chief Inspector Peach, head of the village police, who had an old score to settle). book. Bookseller Inventory # 2580
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Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110747500231
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