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The Universe Versus Alex Woods - SIGNED - Desmond Elliott Prize longlist: Gavin Extence

The Universe Versus Alex Woods - SIGNED - Desmond Elliott Prize longlist

Gavin Extence

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ISBN 10: 1444765884 / ISBN 13: 9781444765885
Editorial: Hodder & Stoughton, UK, 2013
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: Tarquin Rees Modern First Editions (Hastings, Reino Unido)

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Signed UK First. Waterstone's Debut Novelist. Promising debut. Fine in Fine DW SIGNED. Desmond Elliott Prize Shortlist 2013. N° de ref. de la librería P423

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Título: The Universe Versus Alex Woods - SIGNED - ...

Editorial: Hodder & Stoughton, UK

Año de publicación: 2013

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author

Edición: 1st.

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Sinopsis:

A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn't had the easiest childhood.
But when he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count.
So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing ...
Introducing a bright young voice destined to charm the world, The Universe Versus Alex Woods is a celebration of curious incidents, astronomy and astrology, the works of Kurt Vonnegut and the unexpected connections that form our world.

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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, July 2013: Quirky only begins to describe this incredibly touching tale of an epileptic British misfit science geek who befriends an aging American Vietnam War vet. As the book begins, Alex is a teenage boy, arrested and being questioned by the authorities. What happened? How did he get here? Who is this kid? Do we even like him? Debut novelist Gavin Extence dangles these questions before us, then cleverly leads us backwards in order to answer them. The story (and therefore our journey) starts years before, when young Alex was randomly, life-alteringly struck in the head by a meteorite, rendering him both a scientific celebrity and a school yard outcast. Kurt Vonnegut's influence is obvious within specific plot points, and is also noticeable in Extence's writing, where he strikes a balance of describing tragic events with comedic style, wrapping his seriousness within subtle absurdity. Specifically, his attention to bullying is distinct, yet unsanctimonious. By the time we're back in the interrogation room, our questions about Alex have been well answered, but a bigger question demands our attention: How far would you go for a friend? --Robin A. Rothman

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