England, England
ISBN: 0375705503
EAN13: 9780375705502
Language: English
Publication Date: April 11, 2000
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 0.70" H x 7.90" L x 5.10" W
Weight: 0.50 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, this commanding and imaginative achievement (Sunday Times, London) tells the story of Sir Jack Pitman, who seeks to realize a destination where replicas of all of England's national treasures--from Stonehenge to Princess Diana's grave--can be conveniently gathered together for tourism purposes.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover Imagine an England 13where all the pubs are quaint, where the Windsors behave themselves (mostly), where the cliffs of Dover are actually white, and where Robin Hood and his merry men really are merry. This is precisely what visionary tycoon Sir Jack Pitman seeks to accomplish on the Isle of Wight, a destination where tourists can find replicas of Big Ben (half size), Princess Di's grave, and even Harrod's (conveniently located inside the tower of London). Martha Cochrane, hired as one of Sir Jack's resident no-people, ably assists him in realizing his dream. But when this land of make-believe gradually gets horribly and hilariously out of hand, Martha develops her own vision of the perfect England. Julian Barnes delights us with a novel that is at once a philosophical inquiry, a burst of mischief, and a moving elegy about authenticity and nationality.
From the front Cover Booker Prize Finalist Wickedly funny. --The New York Times Imagine an England where all the pubs are quaint, where the Windsors behave themselves (mostly), where the cliffs of Dover are actually white, and where Robin Hood and his merry men really are merry. This is precisely what visionary tycoon, Sir Jack Pitman, seeks to accomplish on the Isle of Wight, a destination where tourists can find replicas of Big Ben (half size), Princess Di's grave, and even Harrod's (conveniently located inside the tower of London). Martha Cochrane, hired as one of Sir Jack's resident no-people, ably assists him in realizing his dream. But when this land of make-believe gradually gets horribly and hilariously out of hand, Martha develops her own vision of the perfect England. Julian Barnes delights us with a novel that is at once a philosophical inquiry, a burst of mischief, and a moving elegy about authenticity and nationality.