Title: DIVISADERO - Scarce Fine Copy of The First ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 273 pages. Published in 2007. The author's fifth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The Canadian (which normally precedes) and American Editions were released simultaneously. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Michael Ondaatje's "Divisadero". At the absolute top of his form. Cements his stature as a writer's writer, evident in another celebrated writer's rave review: "The story is simple, almost mythical, stemming from a family on a California farm that is ruptured just as it is about to begin. Two daughters, Anna and Claire, are raised not just as siblings but with the intense bond of twins. Coop, a boy from a neighboring farm, is folded into the girls' lives as a hired hand and quasi-brother. Anna, Claire, and Coop form a triangle that is intimate and interdependent, a triangle that brutally explodes less than thirty pages into the book. We are left with a handful of glass, both narratively and thematically. But 'Divisadero' is a deeply ordered, full-bodied work, and the fragmented characters, severed from their shared past, persevere in relation to one another, illuminating both what it means to belong to a family and what it means to be alone in the world. The notion of twins, of one becoming two, pervades the novel, and so the farm in California is mirrored by a farm in France, the setting for another plot line in the second half of the book, giving us, in a sense, two novels in one. The stories are not only connected but calibrated by Ondaatje to reveal a haunting pattern of parallels, echoes, and reflections across time and place. Like Nabokov, another master of twin-ning, Ondaatje's method is deliberate but discreet, and it was only in re-reading this beautiful book that the intricate play of doubles was revealed. Every sign of the author's genius is here: The searing imagery, the incandescent writing, the calm probing of life's most turbulent and devastating experiences. No one writes as affectingly about passion, about time and memory, about violence, subjects that have shaped Ondaatje's previous novels. But there is a greater muscularity to 'Divisadero', an intensity born from its restraint. Episodes are boiled down to their essential elements, distilled but dramatic, resulting in a mosaic of profound dignity, with an elegiac quietude that only the greatest of writers can achieve" (Jhumpa Lahiri). An absolute "must-have" title for Michael Ondaatje collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Michael Ondaatje. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies available online have serious flaws (rubbing, creasing, and wear on the DJ, bumps on the corners, and wear on the spine) even if they are "New". A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 1992 for "The English Patient". One of the greatest writers of our time. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MICHAEL ONDAATJE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0307266354. Bookseller Inventory # 16021
Synopsis: From the celebrated author of The English Patient and In the Skin of a Lion comes a remarkable new novel of intersecting lives that ranges across continents and time.
In the 1970s in Northern California, near Gold Rush country, a father and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, work their farm with the help of Coop, an enigmatic young man who makes his home with them. Theirs is a makeshift family, until it is riven by an incident of violence?of both hand and heart?that sets fire to the rest of their lives.
Divisadero takes us from the city of San Francisco to the raucous backrooms of Nevada?s casinos and eventually to the landscape of south-central France. It is here, outside a small rural village, that Anna becomes immersed in the life and the world of a writer from an earlier time?Lucien Segura. His compelling story, which has its beginnings at the turn of the century, circles around ?the raw truth? of Anna?s own life, the one she?s left behind but can never truly leave. And as the narrative moves back and forth in time and place, we discover each of the characters managing to find some foothold in a present rough hewn from the past.
Breathtakingly evoked and with unforgettable characters, Divisadero is a multilayered novel about passion, loss, and the unshakable past, about the often discordant demands of family, love, and memory. It is Michael Ondaatje?s most intimate and beautiful novel to date.
From the celebrated author of The English Patient, comes another breathtaking, unforgettable story, this time about a family torn apart by an act of violence. Divisadero is a rich and rewarding read, one that Jhumpa Lahiri, in her guest review for Amazon.com (see below), calls "Ondaatje's finest novel to date." --Daphne Durham
Guest Reviewer: Jhumpa Lahiri
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