When Master Georgie - George Hardy, surgeon and photographer - sets off from the cold squalor of Victorian Liverpool for the heat and glitter of the Bosphorus to offer his services in the Crimea, there straggles behind him a small caravan of devoted followers; Myrtle, his adoring adoptive sister; lapsed geologist Dr Potter; and photographer's ...
When Master Georgie - George Hardy, surgeon and photographer - sets off from the cold squalor of Victorian Liverpool for the heat and glitter of the Bosphorus to offer his services in the Crimea, there straggles behind him a small caravan of devoted followers; Myrtle, his adoring adoptive sister; lapsed geologist Dr Potter; and photographer's assistant and sometime fire-eater Pompey Jones, all of them driven onwards through a rising tide of death and disease by a shared and mysterious guilt. Combining a breathtaking eye for beauty with a visceral understanding of mortality, Beryl Bainbridge exposes her enigmatic hero as tenderly and unsparingly as she reveals the filth and misery of war, and creates a novel of luminous depth and extraordinary intensity.
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New in New dust jacket. 0786705639. New book, unmarked but for tiny remainder line to top edge; in crisp glossy DJ. Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize.; 0.9 x 8.3 x 5.8 Inches; 190 pages; The highly acclaimed New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 1998 and Booker Prize Nominee that reinvents the historical novel from Beryl Bainbridge, the distinguished author of The Birthday Boys and Every Man For Himself. A misadventure in a brothel links the destiny of the enigmatic George Hardy, a surgeon and amateur photographer, to a foundling who becomes his obsessively devoted maid, a wily street boy who takes advantage of his sexual ambiguity, and his alternately philosophical and libidinous brother-in-law in this terse, searing novel that takes them from the comfortable parlors of Victorian Liverpool to the horrific battlefields of the Crimean War."An exquisite dissector of human folly"-Time"Striking...in its companionable alliance between wry, deadpan humor and nightmarish horror"-New York Times Book Review"Master Georgie can be read in an hour or two, yet it may reverberate in the reader's consciousness long after its poignant final page."-Boston Globe"Easily the most impressive novel I've read this year, and my admiration for it is unqualified."-Mordecai Richler, National Post (Canada)"Remarkable...A tour de force of compressed plotting...by turns funny and appalling"-New York Times"A memorable novel"-Atlantic Monthly"Stunning"-The New Yorker"A virtually flawless blend of elegant prose, ironic observation, and impeccably controlled narrative momentum"-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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