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A novel of obsessive love in an age of obsessive materialism, Seven Types of Ambiguity is Elliot Perlman's stunning follow-up to his highly acclaimed debut novel Three Dollars. Following years of unrequited love, an out-of-work schoolteacher decides to take matters into his own hands, kidnapping his beloved's young son and triggering a chain of events no one could have anticipated.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780571207220
ISBN-10: 0571207227
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 38mm)
Pages: 624
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 16-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » There are two books with this teasing title, and in his latest novel Australian barrister/ writer Elliot Perlman, bestselling author of Three Dollars, moves between critic William Empson's concern with poetry and the matter of ambiguity in human relationships. Seven voices tell the overlapping stories. Obsessive, idealistic Simon, suffering from years of unrequited love, kidnaps his ex-lover's son. This incident drives the plot, but the novel is really about society, economics, politics and the law, and the effect they have on individuals who simply do not fit 'the system.' The setting is Melbourne, but Perlman gamely tackles Western society as a whole, and the picture of greed and materialism he paints is not a pretty one. Love and selflessness do not figure largely on most people's lists: for Simon, however, they are all-important. Perlman brings a wealth of learning to this very solid, thought-provoking read. And there is even a complicated but happy ending. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Elliot Perlman

Elliot Perlmanis the acclaimed author of a collection of short stories and two novels,Three Dollars, the film adaptation of which was released in 2005, andSeven Types of Ambiguity, which was a 'New York Times Notable Book' and a national bestseller in France, where it was described 'one of the best novels of recent years, a complete success'(Le Monde). A barrister, he lived in New York for many years and currently lives in Melbourne.

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