Georges Gastin, personnage aussi charismatique qu'insaisissable, sillonne la région à toute allure au volant de sa dépanneuse, portant secours aux accidentés de la route, et de la vie en général. Il ne réclame aucune rétribution pour ses services sinon une oreille attentive à ses histoires. Conducteur surdoué, Georges a trouvé sa place à San Francisco, dont il apprécie l'atmosphère de liberté et le foisonnement artistique. Il vit d'arnaques à l'assurance, et se voit proposer un jour la mission de voler et détruire une superbe Cadillac, cadeau d'une fan enamourée à une star du Rock'n Roll, « The Big Bopper ». Ce dernier, disparu dans le crash qui précipita aussi la mort de deux autres rockers célèbres, Ritchie Valens et Buddy Holy, n'aura pas pu lire la lettre d'amour de son admiratrice placée dans la boîte à gant. Découvrant cette lettre, Georges fait le voeu de lui rendre hommage, et de conduire la Cadillac sur la tombe du Big Bopper, dont il ignore de fait la localisation. Un bocal de pilules de benzédrine sous le siège, Georges se lance donc dans cette quête mi-absurde misymbolique, à la valeur toute personnelle et initiatique. Sa route lui réserve toutes sortes de rencontres, souvent hautes en couleurs, drôles ou émouvantes.
Vinnie Miner, 54-year-old Anglophile professor, is in London on a six-month foundation grant. So is her young colleague, Fred Turner. Vinnie is plain and resignedly self-reliant; Fred is arrestingly handsome and moping after a breakup with his wife. Vinnie and Fred have love affairs in London. Fred's is a fraught liaison with an waitress while Vinnie drifts into a relationship with an engineer from Oklahoma she met on the plane, a brash uneducated stereotype American who finally beguiles her (and the reader) with his uncomplicated goodness. . . I devoured the book at a sitting and then went back for a second dip at once' Penelope Lively, Sunday Telegraph
An account of one man's rediscovery of America and his search for the perfect small town. Instead he finds a continent that is doubly lost: lost to itself because it is blighted by greed, pollution, mobile homes and television; and lost to him because he has become a foreigner in his own country.
This reader contains much of Truman Capote's published work: his fiction, including "Breakfast at Tiffany's", as well as his prolific output of short stories, travel sketches in which he evokes places from Tangiers to Brooklyn, portraits of his contempories such his reportage and essays.
P.B. Jones discovers that bed-hopping rather than literary ability is the way to get published. Living by his wits and his charm, Jones makes his way through the exotic boudoirs of the glitterati - only to discover that the prayers that are answered cause more pain than those that remain ignored.
The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the states most remote whitewater river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Fryes'>#233;dyes'>#233;ric Chopinyes'>#8217;s reputation as one of the Great Romantics endures, but as Benita Eisler reveals in her elegant and elegiac biography, the man was more complicated than his iconic image. A classicist, conservative, and dandy who relished his conquest of Parisian society, the Polish yes'>#233;migryes'>#233; was for a while blessed with genius, acclaim, and the love of Europeyes'>#8217;s most infamous woman writer, George Sand. But by the age of 39, the man whose brilliant compositions had thrilled audiences in the most fashionable salons lay dying of consumption, penniless and abandoned by his lover. In the fall of 1849, his lavish funeral was attended by thousandsyes'>#8212;but not by George Sand.In this intimate portrait of an embattled man, Eisler tells the story of a turbulent love affair, of pain and loss redeemed by art, and of worldsyes'>#8212;both private and publicyes'>#8212;convulsed by momentous change.From the Trade Paperback edition.