Toronto. 1984. Macmillan. 1st Canadian Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 239 pages. hardcover. Cover painting, detail from ‘Motel', egg tempera on Masonite, 1972, by Ken Danby. 0771598149. keywords: Literature Canada. inventory # 11828. FROM THE PUBLISHER-Readers of MAN DESCENDING will recall Ed, the feckless and unforgettable hero of the last two stories in that award-winning collection. In this keenly awaited first novel, Guy Vanderhaeghe follows Ed on an original comic odyssey that comes to an unusual end. On the downward slope of thirty, paunchy and slovenly, Ed has been abandoned by his exasperated wife, Victoria, has quit his job in Eaton's china department, and is now determined to ‘simplify' his life. So far his efforts have consisted of long hours of repose lost in elaborate fantasies of his childhood heroes and bittersweet memories of his marriage. His reveries are interrupted by a surprise call from Victoria, who arranges a meeting where she makes a veiled plea for help that Ed does not understand, and then disappears. Pursued by the demons of his own obsessions, Ed embarks on a quixotic quest to find Victoria, hoping to offer her the support he never gave during their doomed marriage. He is accompanied by Stanley Rubacek, a bizarre would-be ex-convict who attends Ed's creative writing class and tries to recruit Ed to ghostwrite his phony prison memoirs. Their strange symbiotic relationship provides some of the book's most hilarious moments. As he prowls the parking garages and motel strips of the prairie city during the coldest snap of the Year. Ed also begins a journey back into his past and is forced — most reluctantly — to confront the web of lies and self-deceptions he has woven to keep reality at bay. Rejected by the old friends he meets, who have tired of his irresponsibility and ingenuous pranks, Ed finds consolation where he has always found it, in his own eccentric and rich imagination — until even his fantasies start to turn against him. MY PRESENT AGE is a surprising dark comedy that again displays Guy Vanderhaeghe's sure feeling for the confusing times in which we live. There can be no doubt that here is a work of a major talent, one that leaves the reader looking forward eagerly to future books by Guy Vanderhaeghe.
Fine in Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. CAD) First Edition greyish pink bds, 239. His first novel, a dark comedy, which was nominated for the Booker Prize. Fine in complete Fine(-) Dj. (1.6 FO 25/2.
Very Good. 0771598149 Canadian first edition, first printing. Published in 1984. Jacket is in Very Good + condition. Back of jacket has a small 1/4 inch tear to top. Jacket is NOT price clipped. Covers are clean and bright. Edges are sharp. No tears or creases. The book itself is in Near Fine condition. The binding is straight and tight. Remainder mark.
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