Title: The Devil Tree
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, New York, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1976
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Author 0151253285 This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards, endpages, spine, and gilt/lettering are pristine. The pages are clean, having no markings or folds. The dustjacket is bright and in AS NEW condition, save one prior interior corner fold to front inner flap. Original price intact. Brodart protected. No remainder mark. Not ex-lib. Stated first edition. Signed by author "With Best Wishes" (no individuals name). Bookseller Inventory # 000607
Synopsis: A searing novel from a writer of international stature, The Devil Tree is a tale that combines the existential emptiness of Camus's The Stranger with the universe of international playboys, violence, and murder of Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley. Jonathan Whalen's life has been determined from the start by the immense fortune of his father, a steel tycoon. Whalen's childlike delight in power and status mask a greater need, a desire to feel life intensely, through drugs, violence, sex, and attempts at meaningful connection with other people -- whether lovers or the memory of his dead parents. But the physical is all that feels real to him, and as he embarks on a journey to Africa with his godparents, Whalen's embrace of amoral thrill accelerates toward ultimate fulfillment. Now in a Grove Press paperback, Kosinski's classic, acclaimed as "an impressive novel ... it should confirm Jerzy Kosinki's position as one of our most significant writers" -- Newsweek "Savage ... [Whalen is] a foolproof, timeless American character." -- Mary Ellin Barrett, Cosmopolitan
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