The Necessary Angel (Hardback)C. K. Stead (author)
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Max Jackson, a New Zealander living and lecturing in Paris, has a complicated arrangement with his estranged French wife, Louise. In love with his younger Sorbonne colleague Sylvie, he finds himself entangled with Helen, a troubled young English student.
When a Cezanne painting goes missing from Louise's apartment, the boundaries he has struggled to maintain threaten to collapse.
Infused with literary musings and the spirit of Paris, The Necessary Angel is as much an ode to the power of literature as a nuanced exploration of love, fidelity and the balance of power within relationships.
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 665 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 35 mm
C.K. Stead is challenging, fun, urbane and brilliant... Read him. -- John de Falbe * Spectator *
A languid yet gripping portrayal of modern literary life in Europe. * Good Reading magazine *
[Stead] has the ability to set the scene in a few pithy lines and condense more telling details into a handful of pages than many writers manage in their entire chapters * Sunday Times *
A gifted and intelligent novelist * Independent *
[a] masterfully structured story -- Zoe Apostolides * Financial Times *
Paris suits Stead. There is a joie de vivre to the writing * NZ Listener *
There is no finer author writing in New Zealand today [...] admire the artistry of a writer at the very top of his game. -- Gerri Kimber * Katherine Mansfield Society Journal *
The novel crackles with the expected wit and erudition of Stead... Stead riffs with language, playing with words as he searches for le mot juste. The result is amusing and intoxicating * Stuff.co.nz *
The novel reaches a climax which is surprising and unusual but apt. It is an enjoyable book, worldly and detached in tone, ruminative and amused, sophisticated without being pretentious. Stead captures the essence of Paris, its certainties and its contradictions, while simultaneously invoking the power of literature to alter and direct lives. -- Richard Hopton * Country & Townhouse Magazine *
A few chapters in, I found myself in the grip of an artist with the ability to capture mood and beauty in a sentence * Financial Times on RISK *
fine, thoughtful and insightful * Daily Mail on RISK *
An elegant and assured novel * Scotsman on RISK *
Written with glowing simplicity and rich in delicate humour...[A] thought-provoking, witty and highly topical novel -- James Wood * Daily Telegraph on MY NAME WAS JUDAS *
[An] elegant, calm novel...Stead maintains an eye unblinkingly opposed to the transcendental * Guardian on MY NAME WAS JUDAS *
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