Download e-book for iPad: According to Queeney: A Novel by Beryl Bainbridge

By Beryl Bainbridge

ISBN-10: 0349114471

ISBN-13: 9780349114477

ISBN-10: 0754007774

ISBN-13: 9780754007777

ISBN-10: 0786707739

ISBN-13: 9780786707737

This historic novel set throughout the eighteenth century recounts the tumultuous ultimate years of famed English lexicographer and poet Samuel Johnson.

In 1764, Britain’s maximum guy of letters—the author of the 1st English dictionary—shut himself in his room and refused to return out. Exhausted from engaged on an variation of Shakespeare’s performs, Samuel Johnson had fallen right into a deep melancholy. He refused to devour and basically opened his door to cry out incomprehensible words or empty his chamber pot. ultimately, a clergyman was once in a position to entice the coed out of confinement, and, as he did, Johnson’s pal Henry Thrales arrived. stunned via Johnson’s healthy of insanity, Thrales speedily whisked the guy away for restoration at a rustic mansion south of London.
 
therefore begun one of many happiest classes of Johnson’s lifestyles. on the Thrales place of abode in Streatham, Johnson regained his sanity and engaged in kinfolk lifestyles. He chosen books for the estate’s library, joked round at events, and have become just about Thrales’s spouse, Hester. yet because the years handed, the love among Johnson and Hester constructed right into a darkish romantic affair, the Thrales’s daughter grew up and have become conscious of her mother’s emotional unavailability, and Johnson’s passions and eccentricities resulted in bulky ethical and non secular dilemmas.
 
With bankruptcy titles taken from entries in Johnson’s mythical dictionary, lauded British writer Beryl Bainbridge paints a well-rounded portrait of a unprecedented guy and his all-too-human stories. Written from the point of view of the Thrales’s daughter, According to Queeney heightens truth with fiction, sincerity with irony, and humor with melancholy. Longlisted for the guy Booker Prize, it's a attractive account of the Georgian period, lending sleek perception to British history.

 

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