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 27/4.
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. ISBN: 0771598149. inventory # 11821. 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.
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. All books are marked down 35% until December 31, 2016. Start stocking up for Christmas now! !
Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 0771598149. Inscribed By Author. Slight lean on spine, bruising and shelfwear on edges. 1cm tear to top rear edge of d/j. This copy has been signed by the author. Additional christmas inscription has been added below the author's by the previous owner presenting the copy as a gift. A Good Read ships from Toronto and Niagara Falls, NY-customers outside of North America please allow two to three weeks for delivery.; 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall; Signed by Author.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Book First edition hardcover in dust jacket. Signed by Vanderhaeghe on the title page. Tiny bumps to bottom corner and foredge of front board, slightly heavier bump and small spot to rear board. Other inscription on front endpaper (note by author). Jacket has minor soiling. Very Good/Very Good.
Very good. 1st Edition. 239pp. Octavo. Pinkish cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Small white mark on front cover and slight bumping to top and bottom of spine. Previous owners name and address sticker on front free endpaper. Clean, tight text block. Pictoral dust jacket with white spine with red and black lettering. Slightly rubbed, minor wear and chipping on edges. Not price clipped. very good A dark comedy about a Ed, a man in his late thirties trying to win back his ex-wife, written by the Governor General award winner.
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