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Paradise

Kennedy, A. L.

Published by Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A., 2005
ISBN 10: 1400043646 / ISBN 13: 9781400043644
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Title: Paradise

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Fine/Fine unread copy protected by Archival Brodart Cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000925

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Synopsis: From one of Britain?s most acclaimed novelists, a comic but terrifying love story about two alcoholics alternately battling and embracing their addiction, and each other.

Everything in Hannah Luckraft?s life is tinted amber: her dreary job selling cardboard boxes; her strained relations with a beloved younger brother, who is about to give up on her; and especially her incipient relationship with Robert, a man who understands what it is to drink. They become constant companions, and she drinks up his tender affection with the same soul-ravaged thirst she brings to her search for paradise?the paradise of self-annihilation, a reprieve from the howling loneliness and difficulty of waking life. Together and then alone, she and Robert spiral through the beauty and depravity of a love affair with alcohol and with each other. From Scotland to Montreal, and onward, Hannah travels beyond her limits, beyond herself, in search of the ultimate altered state, the place where she can be happy: her paradise.

No one writes with greater intelligence about the human predicament, about the comic dilemmas of consciousness and the mind divided against itself, and no young writer brings a greater gift of language to our concurrent pursuits of debasement and ascension. Paradise is a novel of dark extremes, rich in emotion?Kennedy?s most gripping and immediate work of fiction yet.

Review: ""Paradise breaks new tonal and dramatic ground for Kennedy. . . . Full of descriptive perspicacity and poetic beauty." -"The New York Times Book Review
"In this tour de force, which exceeds even her stunning "Original Bliss, Kennedy exposes the sad blend of hope, loneliness and lust that can bind one refugee from dreary everydayness to another." -"Newsday
"It is Hannah's voice-wry, insightful, and often hilarious-that animates this astonishing book. . . . This is a wiser, braver, sweeter work than we have yet seen--Kennedy's greatest achievement to date."
-"The Boston Globe
" A stunning depiction of alcoholism, as funny as it is sad, as ironic as it is romantic. If you drink you will understand its bravery; if you have been wounded by the disease you will flinch at its honesty. . . . You won't find finer prose than this anywhere in English." -"The Seattle Times
"A. L. Kennedy writes with such power and dark humor that it is impossible to look away. . . . "Paradise is a rare achievement." -"The Denver Post

" "Paradise" breaks new tonal and dramatic ground for Kennedy. . . . Full of descriptive perspicacity and poetic beauty." - "The New York Times Book Review"
" In this tour de force, which exceeds even her stunning "Original Bliss," Kennedy exposes the sad blend of hope, loneliness and lust that can bind one refugee from dreary everydayness to another." - "Newsday"
" It is Hannah' s voice- wry, insightful, and often hilarious- that animates this astonishing book. . . . This is a wiser, braver, sweeter work than we have yet seen--Kennedy's greatest achievement to date."
- "The Boston Globe"
" A stunning depiction of alcoholism, as funny as it is sad, as ironic as it is romantic. If you drink you will understand its bravery; if you have been wounded by the disease you will flinch at its honesty. . . . You won't find finer prose than this anywhere in English." - "The Seattle Times"
" A. L. Kennedy writes with such power and dark humor that it is impossible to look away. . . . "Paradise "is a rare achievement." - "The Denver Post"

""Paradise" breaks new tonal and dramatic ground for Kennedy. . . . Full of descriptive perspicacity and poetic beauty." "The New York Times Book Review"
"In this tour de force, which exceeds even her stunning "Original Bliss," Kennedy exposes the sad blend of hope, loneliness and lust that can bind one refugee from dreary everydayness to another." "Newsday"
"It is Hannah s voice wry, insightful, and often hilarious that animates this astonishing book. . . . This is a wiser, braver, sweeter work than we have yet seen--Kennedy's greatest achievement to date."
"The Boston Globe"
" A stunning depiction of alcoholism, as funny as it is sad, as ironic as it is romantic. If you drink you will understand its bravery; if you have been wounded by the disease you will flinch at its honesty. . . . You won't find finer prose than this anywhere in English." "The Seattle Times"
"A. L. Kennedy writes with such power and dark humor that it is impossible to look away. . . . "Paradise "is a rare achievement." "The Denver Post""

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