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Lost for Words: A Novel - Edward St. Aubyn
Lost for Words: A Novel
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Edward St. Aubyn is “great at dissecting an entire social world” (Michael Chabon, Los Angeles Times)Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels were some of the most celebrated works of fiction of the past decade. Ecstatic praise came from a wide range of admirers, from literary superstars such as... show more
Edward St. Aubyn is “great at dissecting an entire social world” (Michael Chabon, Los Angeles Times)Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels were some of the most celebrated works of fiction of the past decade. Ecstatic praise came from a wide range of admirers, from literary superstars such as Zadie Smith, Francine Prose, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Michael Chabon to pop-culture icons such as Anthony Bourdain and January Jones. Now St. Aubyn returns with a hilariously smart send-up of a certain major British literary award.     The judges on the panel of the Elysian Prize for Literature must get through hundreds of submissions to find the best book of the year. Meanwhile, a host of writers are desperate for Elysian attention: the brilliant writer and serial heartbreaker Katherine Burns; the lovelorn debut novelist Sam Black; and Bunjee, convinced that his magnum opus, The Mulberry Elephant, will take the literary world by storm. Things go terribly wrong when Katherine’s publisher accidentally submits a cookery book in place of her novel; one of the judges finds himself in the middle of a scandal; and Bunjee, aghast to learn his book isn’t on the short list, seeks revenge.     Lost for Words is a witty, fabulously entertaining satire that cuts to the quick of some of the deepest questions about the place of art in our celebrity-obsessed culture, and asks how we can ever hope to recognize real talent when everyone has an agenda.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780374280291 (0374280290)
ASIN: 374280290
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
5.0 Hilarious -- a pin for every literary balloon
A send up of literary awards -- one particular British award (Booker). I laughed out loud. Edward St. Aubyn is best known for his brilliant and scathing "Patrick Melrose" novels, which, if you haven't read, I urge you to immediately. It is pertinent to mention here that it was short-listed for th...
Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader
Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader rated it
4.0
In my review of Peter Heller’s THE PAINTER, I discussed being troubled by someone saying that writing is not art. Edward St. Aubyn takes this further in his new book LOST FOR WORDS. In it, I believe he offers one of the best defining quotes for art’s purpose: “to arrest our attention in the midst of...
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