Title: Bay of Souls
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, New York, NY U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition.
A fine unread copy. Protected by Archival Brodart Cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000254
Synopsis: Michael Ahearn is a loving father, vaguely discontented husband and professor at a mediocre rural college. Lara Purcell, meanwhile, is an expert in third world politics, newly arrived on the campus from the Caribbean. Michael finds himself inexorably drawn to her, his obsession fuelled by their mutual attraction and quickly spiralling into an affair. When Lara flees to her native island of St. Trinity, Michael follows, heedless of the political upheaval there. Together he and Lara find themselves ensnared by island intrigues, and while Lara sacrifices herself to ritual and superstition, Michael is caught unawares in a high-stakes smuggling scheme. Bay Of Souls is the story of a naive academic unexpectedly embroiled in third world corruption, of diplomats and covert operatives, of idealists and opportunists, of a wild and dangerous passion. Robert Stone paints a terrifying yet magical picture of a place where experience proves unreliable and carefully wrought certainties are violently overturned.
Review: Stone is considered by many to be the finest American novelist at work today, with a body of work far more accomplished than many better-known names. This remarkable new novel is similar to his masterpiece, A Flag for Sunrise, in that it functions both as a considerable work of literature and a compulsive thriller. Michael Ahearn is a professor at a mediocre rural college. Lara Purcell, meanwhile, is an expert in third world politics, newly-arrived on the campus from the Caribbean. Michael finds himself inexorably drawn to her. When Lara flees to her native island of St Trinity, Michael follows, heedless of the political upheaval there. Stone's story allows him once again to synthesise the most resonant themes of earlier writers, such as Graham Greene, with his own very individual world view.
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