The Biographer's Tale

by A.S. Byatt | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 009928393x Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingfannynataliewing of Wien Bezirk 08 - Josefstadt, Wien Austria on 1/22/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by wingfannynataliewing from Wien Bezirk 08 - Josefstadt, Wien Austria on Monday, January 22, 2007
In this witty, Borges-like fiction, A. S. Byatt weaves a dazzling fiction out of one man's search for fact. Fed up with stultifying criticism, Phineas G decides to study the messiness of 'real life'. Doing nothing by halves, he sets out to write a biography of a great biographer. But a 'whole life' is hard to find. How do we put the idea of a person together? Everywhere he looks, he finds fragments and gaps: bones and husks, oxes of marbles, collections of coins and undated postcards. Trails run cold and mysteries are unresolved. Phineas feels he is hunting shadows Like a shaman flying across the globe, his mind tracks the journeys of his subjects to the deserts of Africa and the maelstroms of the Arctic, where the shapes of myth meet the patterns of science. He meets others building wholes from bits and pieces: taxonomists, ecologists to trave; agents offering the trip of your dreams. In the process, he also puzzles out his own future - but which woman will guide him out of the labyrinth?

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Journal Entry 3 by wingGhaneschawing at Wien Bezirk 09 - Alsergrund, Wien Austria on Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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