NICK (Hardback)Michael Farris Smith (author)
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Critically acclaimed novelist Michael Farris Smith pulls Nick Carraway out of the shadows and into the spotlight in this exhilarating imagination of his life before The Great Gatsby.
Before Nick Carraway moved to West Egg and into Gatsby's world, he was at the centre of a very different story - one taking place along the trenches and deep within the tunnels of World War I.
Floundering in the wake of the destruction he witnessed first-hand, Nick delays his return home, hoping to escape the questions he cannot answer about the horrors of war. Instead, he embarks on a transcontinental redemptive journey that takes him from a whirlwind Paris romance - doomed from the very beginning - to the dizzying frenzy of New Orleans, rife with its own flavour of debauchery and violence.
An epic portrait of a truly singular era and a sweeping, romantic story of self-discovery, this rich and imaginative novel breathes new life into a character that many know only from the periphery. Charged with enough alcohol, heartbreak, and profound yearning to transfix even the heartiest of golden age scribes, NICK reveals the man behind the narrator who has captivated readers for decades.
Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
Eminently readable * Times *
Surprisingly charismatic Nick is a portrait of man carved in emotion that is unconventional, seductive, almost poetic in its narrative and beautifully crafted * Blue Wolf Reviews *
Michael Farris Smith contextualises the actions of a central character in a seminal piece of literature, managing to potentially deepen that work without impinging too heavily on it * PS News *
Skillfully written * Queensland Reviewers Collective *
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