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Título: The Free
Editorial: Faber and Faber, London
Año de publicación: 2014
Encuadernación: Trade Paperback
Condición del libro: As New
Condición de la sobrecubierta: As New
Edición: First Edition
This is a true UK first edition / first printing, with the complete numberline 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1. A fantastic copy of this highly-original novel, about a group of inter-connected 'ordinary' people (a wounded Iraq-war veteran, an emotionally-unstable nurse, a nightworker unable to pay his medical bills), and how they find hope in the bleakest of circumstances. By the author of 'Lean on Pete' and 'Northline', which contained a CD of the author's own music. We protect all our books with a removable plastic cover, and send them with care. N° de ref. de la librería 001193
The life he knew before the bomb no longer existed. That Leroy Kervin was gone.
Willy Vlautin's stunning fourth novel opens with Leroy, a young, wounded, Iraq veteran, waking to a rare moment of clarity, his senses flooded with the beauty of remembering who he is but the pain of realising it won't last. When his attempt to end his half-life fails, he is taken to the local hospital where he is looked after by a nurse called Pauline, and visited by Freddie, the night-watchman from his group home for disabled men.
As the stories of these three wounded characters circle and cross each other, we come to learn more of their lives. The father who caused her mother to abandon them both, and who Pauline loves and loathes in equal measure, the daughters Freddie yearns to be re-united with and, in a mysterious and frightening adventure story, the girlfriend Leroy dreams of protecting.
Evoking a world which is still trying to come to terms with the legacy of a forgotten war, populated by those who struggle to pay for basic health care, Vlautin also captures how it is the small acts of kindness which can make a difference between life and death, between imprisonment and liberty. Haunting and essential, The Free is an unforgettable read.
The beauty of The Free lies in Vlautin's unflinching, unsentimental writing; the characters here are wonderfully realised. ( Kate Saunders, The Times)
Original and compelling. ( The Guardian)
Vlautin's stripped-down prose is simple yet brutally effective ... It is brave, brilliant, skilled and heartfelt writing about what lies at the very core of humanity. Everyone should read it. ( The Big Issue)
Already on many 'book of the year' lists, Vlautin's fourth novel takes you deep ... [his] skill lies in making you root for all involved. ( ShortList)
Beautiful and haunting ... whatever Vlautin breaks down in you, he builds back up. Walking away from The Free, I felt a renewed sense of humanity and hope ... In my estimation, no writer is doing more important work. ( William Boyle, Los Angeles Review of Books)
'Excellent ... This beautifully designed book is adorned with splashes of colour - red, green, yellow - and indeed Vlautin's great chievements are the moments of intense light he blends into this brave, dark story.' ( Metro)
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