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So Many Ways to Begin - Jon McGregor
So Many Ways to Begin
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In this potent examination of family and memory, Jon McGregor charts one man's voyage of self-discovery. Like Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, So Many Ways to Begin is rich in the intimate details that shape a life, the subtle strain that defines human relationships, and the personal... show more
In this potent examination of family and memory, Jon McGregor charts one man's voyage of self-discovery. Like Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, So Many Ways to Begin is rich in the intimate details that shape a life, the subtle strain that defines human relationships, and the personal history that forms identity. David Carter, the novel's protagonist, takes a keen interest in history as a boy. Encouraged by his doting Aunt Julia, he begins collecting the things that tell his story: a birth certificate, school report cards, annotated cinema and train tickets. After finishing school, he finds the perfect job for his lifetime obsession--curator at a local history museum.  His professional and romantic lives take shape as his beloved aunt and mentor's unravels. Lost in a fog of senility, Julia lets slip that David had been adopted. Over the course of the next decades, as David and his wife Eleanor live out their lives--struggling through early marriage, professional disappointments, the birth of their daughter, Eleanor's depression, and an affair that ends badly-- David attempts to physically piece together his past, finding meaning and connection where he least expects it.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781596912229 (1596912227)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages no: 343
Edition language: English
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3.0 So Many Ways To Begin
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Dedication: To AliceOpening: They came in the morning, early, walking with the others along tracks and lanes and roads, across fields, down the long low hills which led to the slow pull of the river, down to the open gateways in the city walls, the hours and days of walking showing in the slow shift...
Jude's World
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David Carter - Curator of a local museum; obsessive collector and archivist of his own life........until a senile relative reveals a long-buried family secret. Then David's life slips out of orbit. So begins his own personal Reconstruction..and his coming to terms with the fact that his life has not...
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5.0 So Many Ways to Begin
There are so many ways to begin this review, but, then, that's always the hard part, isn't it...beginning....This is a book I want to shove in the hands of every reader I meet. "Read this one," I might coax cajolingly. "It's good. You'll like it." Like the characters in this book, I have a hard tim...
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