'He was haunted by a feeling of invisibility, as if he were a mere spectator of his own life, with no one to identify him in the barren circumstances of the here and now.' Paul Sturgis is a retired banker manager who lives alone in a dark little flat. He walks alone and dines alone, seeking out and taking pleasure in small exchanges with strangers: the cheerful Australian girl who cuts his hair, the lady at the drycleaners. His only relative, and only acquaintance, is a widowed cousin by marriage - herself a virtual stranger - to whom he pays ritualistic visits on a Sunday afternoon. Trying to make sense of his current solitary state, and fearing that his destiny may be to die among strangers, Sturgis trawls through memories of his failed relationships and finds himself longing for companionship, or at the very least a conversation. But then a chance encounter with a stranger - a recently divorced and demanding younger woman - shakes up his routine and when an old girlfriend appears on the scene, Sturgis is forced to make a decision about how (and with whom) he wants to spend the rest of his days ...' Each book is a prayer bead on a string, and each prayer is a secular, circumspect prayer, a prayer and a protest and a charm against encroaching night' Hilary Mantel, Guardian 'No one writes with more skill and honesty about the human condition and this book is possibly her finest' Julie Myerson, Observer 'A novel of great stylistic beauty and psychological truth. As great a reflection on fear and regret as Philip Larkin or Beckett' Guardian 'Like Graham Greene, she draws the reader into a world that has a character and signature all of its own ...Strangers is a novel of sober brilliance, and the unerring, unflinching Brookner is still a much underestimated novelist' Helen Dunmore, The Times Anita Brookner was born in south London in 1928, the daughter of a Polish immigrant family. She trained as an art historian, and worked at the Courtauld Institute of Art until her retirement in 1988. She published her first novel, A Start in Life, in 1981 and her twenty-fourth, Strangers, in 2009. Hotel du Lac won the 1984 Booker Prize. As well as fiction, Anita Brookner has published a number of volumes of art criticism.
This is a beautifullly presented audio-CD tin containing audiobooks of three of Roald Dahl's best-loved stories. Spread over eight CDs, these three sumptuous recordings are complete and unabridged, allowing listeners to enjoy Dahl's work word for word. The stories in this collection have all been skilfully brought to life by James Bolam, Geoffrey Palmer, and Andrew Sachs. The tin also contains empty CD pockets so that listeners can continue to grow and treasure their audiobook collections.The tin contains Strangers ebook pdf the following stories: "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" read by James Bolam (Abridged) Charlie Bucket thinks he is the luckiest boy alive when he wins an amazing tour of Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory. It's a tour of a lifetime that changes his life beyond belief! "The BFG" read by Geoffrey Palmer (Abridged) The BFG is a Big Friendly Giant who spirits Sophie out of bed one night. Together, Sophie and the BFG cook up an ingenious plan to rid the world of child-eating giants forever! "James and the Giant Peach" read Andrew Sachs (Unabridged) James lives a lonely life with his two beastly aunts.
Author: Anita Brookner,
Number of Pages: 208 pages
Published Date: 28 Jan 2010
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Country: London, United Kingdom
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