A Very Private Life

Frayn, Michael

Published by Viking Press, 1968
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New York. 1968. Viking Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. 36. 132 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Jules Maidoff. keywords: September 8. inventory # 27354. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Admirers of Michael Frayn have come to know that except in regard to quality he is wholly and refreshingly unpredictable. The reader of his hypnotic little book will be in no doubt whatsoever from the sixth word on that he is in the hands of a literary master-sorcerer: ‘Once upon a time there will be a little girl called Uncumber.’ Frayn’s unforgettable heroine lives at a time in the distant future when all humanity is divided in two, ‘Some people are on the inside, some are on the outside, That’s just the way the world is, Cumby,’ explains her father, Aelfric. Of course it is the insiders who are privileged, with their every single need catered to by somatic drugs, three-dimensional holovision, piped sustenance-in short, everything, including an increasingly prolonged life, As for the outsiders, they can just grub along as best they can, except when needed to help sustain the inhabitants of the windowless houses. Unbelievably, however, all this is not enough for Uncumber, for she is haunted by a restless and inquisitive spirit, driven by an Angst as she grows up, that refuses to be satisfied by such devices as a lover introduced and supplied by holovision, After dialing a wrong number one day, she espies a strange crude fellow speaking an unknown tongue, and, smitten by love, she sets out to find him, Here, of course, is the classic Quest, replete with peril, suffering, and elusive rapture. Even though our searcher is millennia removed, we can feel her every shock and perception, and, while her fate is ironic, we are involved and we pay her homage for her courage in grappling with the Outside, Relentlessly entertaining as Michael Frayn may be and this book is shot through with mordant hilarity-it is the real measure of his worth that in the end we know perhaps a bit more about human spirit and folly than we did before. MICHAEL FRAYN was born in London in 1933 and educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He was a reporter and then a columnist for the Guardian and later wrote a random column for the Observer. He is the author of six earlier books, including THE TIN MEN, for which he received the Somerset Maugham Award in 1966, The Russian Interpreter, awarded the Hawthornden Prize in 1967, and, most recently, AGAINST ENTROPY. . Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 27354

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Title: A Very Private Life

Publisher: Viking Press

Publication Date: 1968

Binding: hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition.

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