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Broken Vessels: Essays

Dubus, Andre

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ISBN 10: 0879238852 / ISBN 13: 9780879238858
Published by David R Godine Pub 1991-08-01, US, 1991
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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195 pages. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page and inscribed on half title page. Previous owner's signature on front end paper. Dust jacket must have been attached to the spine of the books at some point leaving some paper residue stuck to boards. Record # 464889. Bookseller Inventory # 464889

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Title: Broken Vessels: Essays

Publisher: David R Godine Pub 1991-08-01, US

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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These autobiographical essays tell of the authors Catholic boyhood in a Cajun-Creole community in Louisianna, his wives and children, the business of making a living as a writer, and the 1986 car accident which cost him the use of his legs

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Broken Vessels, Andre Dubus's first collection of essays, was written between 1977 and 1990. During this period, Dubus hit his peak as an essayist, survived an accident that almost destroyed his will to write, and went on to regain and exceed his earlier power as a writer. Reading this book is almost as rich an experience as meeting a fascinating person: you'll learn the best way to scramble eggs, why baseball is a transcendental experience, the risks and rewards of idealistic poverty, and what it's like to see ghosts. Dubus writes as a Catholic, and most of his essays speak explicitly of the sacramental nature of his everyday experiences. Particularly effective are the essays describing Dubus's struggle to recover from a traffic accident that occurred after he stopped to help stranded motorists on a roadside in 1986. "Lights of the Long Night" is among the best of these, containing the kind of writing that makes you close the book immediately, knowing you've seen so deeply into a person's soul that you have to sit with what you've learned and wait for some sense of how to respond before you're entitled to keep turning the pages. --Michael Joseph Gross

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