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The New Confessions

Boyd, William

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ISBN 10: 0241123836 / ISBN 13: 9780241123836
Published by London: Hamish Hamilton, 1987
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462 pp. modest paper turning a tad else very good fine with nice b right d.j. Signed by Boyd on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 103982

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Title: The New Confessions

Publisher: London: Hamish Hamilton

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardbound

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First.

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Synopsis:

In this extraordinary novel, William Boyd presents the autobiography of John James Todd, whose uncanny and exhilarating life as one of the most unappreciated geniuses of the twentieth century is equal parts Laurence Stern, Charles Dickens, Robertson Davies, and Saul Bellow, and a hundred percent William Boyd.  

From his birth in 1899, Todd was doomed. Emerging from his angst-filled childhood, he rushes into the throes of the twentieth century on the Western Front during the Great War, and quickly changes his role on the battlefield from cannon fodder to cameraman. When he becomes a prisoner of war, he discovers Rousseau's Confessions, and dedicates his life to bringing the memoir to the silver screen. Plagued by bad luck and blind ambition, Todd becomes a celebrated London upstart, a Weimar luminary, and finally a disgruntled director of cowboy movies and the eleventh member of the Hollywood Ten. Ambitious and entertaining, Boyd has invented a most irresistible hero.

About the Author:

William Boyd?s first novel, A Good Man in Africa, won a Whitbread Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award; his second, An Ice-Cream War, was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and The Blue Afternoon won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction. Boyd lives in London.

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