From the Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011 Staring at the Sun charts the life of Jean Serjeant, from her beginning as a naive, carefree country girl before the war through to her wry and trenchant old age in the year 2020. We follow her bruising experience in marriage, her probing of male truths, her adventures in motherhood and in ...
From the Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011 Staring at the Sun charts the life of Jean Serjeant, from her beginning as a naive, carefree country girl before the war through to her wry and trenchant old age in the year 2020. We follow her bruising experience in marriage, her probing of male truths, her adventures in motherhood and in China and we cannot fail to be moved by the questions she asks of life and the often unsatisfactory answers it provides.
Good in Good jacket. Used Hardcover. Jacket has some superficial marks. Upper edges/corners and spine head are slightly bumped and creased. Page block head is slightly marked. Contents are sound, clean, clear. First Edition First Printing.
Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. This is a Near Fine Copy of this Book in a Near Fine Dust-Jacket, with no chips or tears to the outer edges of the dust-jacket. Not price clipped and with no previous ownership inscriptions present. The Author's fourth novel. Lovely clean copy internally, 8vo 195pp First Edition 1st Impression.
First edition, first prnt. Dustjacket has minimal rubbing and a price-clip with a UK price sticker on the front flap. Fine condition in a Near Fine dustjacket with a Durafold mylar cover. Actual image of the book; not a stock photo.
First edition, first prnt. Small bump to front board upper corner with corresponding tiny crease on dustjacket corner; dustjacket with minor rear panel rubbing. Unread copy in Near Fine condition in a Near Fine dustjacket with a Durafold mylar cover. Actual image of the book; not a stock photo.
F- in F- jacket. F-/F-. 8vo. original black textured paper boards gilt in dustwrapper (trifling spots, slightly rubbed, small faded patch at foot of the spine); pp. [vi (last blank)], 196 (last blank). A near fine copy of the author's fourth novel.
Publishers Weekly, 1987-02-20 From guileless child to implausibly innocent adolescent and young woman, Jean Serjeantthe central figure in this wonderfully imagined novel by the gifted author of Flaubert's Parrotunaccountably (and perhaps a mite too easily) becomes a mature woman who, without losing her endearing, wide-eyed qualities, acquires a wisdom that lies beyond reason. The narrative of her unremarkable life would otherwise seem drab: she marries the village policeman and stays unhappily married for 20 years, whenseemingly beyond childbearingshe brings forth a son and thereupon leaves her marriage to enter the wider world. A grounded RAF pilot (who cracked under the strain of combat) tells her that he ``stared at the sun'' flying a combat mission in 1941, on the day it had risen twice in what he calls an ``ordinary miracle.'' What is astonishing and moving about Jean's life is its very conventionality and ordinariness; it is as though the author had challenged himself to make poetry out of dust. At the venerable age of 100 in the year 2021, Jean is able to give her son definitive answers to the ultimate questions about death (it is ``absolute''), religion (``nonsense''), suicide (not ``permissible'') while retaining an undiminished sense of awe in the face of a mysterious universe, as she herself, with the fitting grandeur of her unspoiled simplicity, flies up and up into the sky, staring at the sun. (April 2)
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