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Título: Make Believe
Editorial: Harvill, London, UK
Año de publicación: 2001
Encuadernación: Hard Cover
Condición del libro: As New
Condición de la sobrecubierta: As New
Edición: First Edition
This is a true UK first edition/first printing, with all the numbers 1357918642 present on the copyright page. An absolutely perfect copy of this touching and brilliantly well-written novel about a four-year-old boy called Bo, who becomes the focus of a fierce custody battle. Not price-clipped, or ex-libris and with no inscriptions or marks of any kind. Looks as if it has never been opened. All of our books are protected by removable plastic covers, and dispatched with care. N° de ref. de la librería 000064
Sinopsis: A series of chance events leads to two deaths; and a family left unable to cope with its loss. The novel explores the ways in which human beings use imagination to build barriers against the random nature of existence.
Críticas: Joanna Scott, much lauded for her 1997 gothic, The Manikin, sloughs that novel's gloom for the less rarefied air of familial torment and interracial romance in Make Believe. A compact jostling of flashback, shifting angles and hallucinatory impression, her fifth novel is held together by four-year-old Bo, the object of a contentious custody battle after his teenage mother dies in an automobile accident. Through the boy's eyes we see the disorienting kaleidoscope of adult ambition and impotence, as those vying for him try to sort out not only his life, but their own.
When volatile Jenny Templin falls for Kamon Gilbert, she imagines that bearing his child will win her both security and love. But Kamon--artistic, yearning and, much to the displeasure of Jenny's mother and stepfather, black--is killed while Jenny is pregnant, leaving her and the child alone with his sheltering, if overwhelmed, parents. The Gilberts, in turn, seem the obvious choice for guardianship once Bo is orphaned. Jenny's parents, however, struggling with shame and a latent covetousness, win custody of the spirited Bo, casting both families into degrees of disarray.
Scott tells the story in deliberate, even tones, frequently cataloguing the broad and disparate panorama of Bo's horizon. What she uncovers is a world where no one is entirely devoid of selfish motivation, where love can be equal parts affection and, sadly, make-believe. --Ben Guterson
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