New/New. 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 x 1 " 1860467105 2000 FIRST EDITION Hardcover book in original Dustjacket...BRAND NEW from 2000 publisher...Never opened, Never read, Never marked...Gift Giving quality...Jacket protected in New non-stick removable clear mylar sleeve...245 pages...Peter Porter, of The Independent in London, says of this book that it is..." a tour de force...Stead writes with complete assurance."...Mark Williams, of the New Zealand Listener says "...The clarity and control of the writing conceal the complexity and variety of effects it contains."...In his new bachelor flat Mike Newall, an Oxford don and Wittgenstein scholar, seeks to rebuild his life, but feels weighed down by his past. When fellow New Zealander Donovan O'Dwyer, a colleague, dies, Newall reveals to his old friend Bertie the secret that O'Dwyer had carried with him, and had finally taken to his grave. During the battle for Crete in the Second World War, a Maori soldier died, under harrowing circumstances. Believing that O'Dwyer, his commanding officer, was responsible for the death...that he'd made a fatal mistake when leading his troops in the battle that day, during World War Two...the soldier's family placed a Maori curse on O'Dwyer...O'Dwyer, guilty and disgraced, became an academic...Newall's and O'Dwyer's lives are curiously interconnected. Gradually, through a series of entwined, beautifully told stories reflecting on decades of war and peace, on memory and its failures, and on language and its limitations, Newall comes to see a way of laying the ghosts of O'Dwyer's past to rest...along with his own. The narrator, meanwhile, tells his own story on the fringes of O'Dwyer's, including his romance with a Croatian woman, the death of a dear friend, and an unsatisfactory marriage. A beautifully literate novel that vividly evokes time and place..." Talking about O'Dwyer "...A Novel by C.K. Stead...published by Harvill, London...2000 First Edition Hard cover book in DJ *** Securely packed for Safe delivery, since 1965 ***
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