Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2006
CD ISBN 9780739333778 $29.95 Six CDs
DD ISBN $19.57
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2006
CS ISBN 9781415930939 $45.00 Four cassettes
CD ISBN 9781415930908 $54.00 Six CDs
John Lee has his work cut out, presenting this restrained and beautifully written novel, which won the Booker Prize in spite of an elegiac pace and almost complete absence of action except in memory. He gives us the inner life of Max Morden as he returns, after the death of his wife, Annie, from cancer, to a seaside village where he spent childhood summers. Max takes a room in a house once rented by the Grace family, who entranced him when he was young, and keeps company with The Little Corporal, his bottle of Napoleon Brandy, as he remembers the complicated loves of his childhood and his marriage. Lee's beautifully accented, fully felt performance brings warmth and color to what could be a bleak portrait. B.G. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 07]
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