An Evening of Long Goodbyes
By (author) Associate Professor Paul Murray
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Evening of Long Goodbyes by Associate Professor Paul Murray
Book DescriptionVastly entertaining and outright hilarious, Paul Murray s debut heralds the arrival of a major new Irish talent. His protagonist is endearing and wildly witty part P. G. Wodehouse s Bertie Wooster, with a cantankerous dash of A Confederacy of Dunces Ignatius J. Reilly thrown in. With its rollicking plot and colorful characters, An Evening of Long Goodbyes is a delightful and erudite comedy of epic proportions. Charles Hythloday observes the world from the comfortable confines of Amaurot, his family estate, and doesn t much care for what he sees. He prefers the black-and-white sanctum of classic cinema especially anything starring the beautiful Gene Tierney to the roiling and rumbling of twenty-first-century Dublin. At twenty-four, Charles aims to resurrect the lost lifestyle of the aristocratic country gentleman contemplative walks, an ever-replenished drink, and afternoons filled with canapes as prepared by the Bosnian housekeeper, Mrs. P. But Charles s cozy existence is about to face a serious shake-up. His sister, Bel, an aspiring actress and hopeless romantic, has brought to Amaurot her most recent and to Charles s mind, most ill-advised boyfriend. Frank is hulking and round, and resembles nothing so much as a large dresser, probably a Swedish one. He bets on greyhounds and talks endlessly of brawls and pubs in an accent that brings tears to Charles s eyes. And, most suspiciously, his entrance into the Hythlodays lives just happens to coincide with the disappearance of an ever-increasing number of household antiques and baubles. Soon, Charles and Bel discover that missing heirlooms are the least of their worries; they are simply not as rich as they have always believed. With the family fortune teetering in the balance, Charles must do something he swore he would never do: get a job. Booted into the mean streets of Dublin, he is as unprepared for real life as Frank would be for a cotillion. And it turns out that real life is a tad unprepared for Charles, as well. "From the Hardcover edition.""
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780812970401
Paperback / softback
(205mm x 131mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Random House Trade
Publisher: Random House Trade
Publish Date: 13-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Associate Professor Paul Murray
PAUL MURRAY was born in 1975. He studied English literature it Trinity College, Dublin, and took a master s degree in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. A former bookseller, Murray lives in Dublin. An Evening of Long Goodbyes, his first novel, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize, and earned Murray a nomination for the Kerry Irish Fiction Award. "From the Hardcover edition.""
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