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Legend of a Suicide (Paperback)
  • Legend of a Suicide (Paperback)

Legend of a Suicide (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 29/10/2009
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Roy is still young when his father, a failed dentist and hapless fisherman, puts a .44 magnum to his head and commits suicide on the deck of his beloved boat. Throughout his life, Roy returns to that moment, gripped by its memory and the shadow it casts over his small-town boyhood, describing with poignant, mercurial wit his parents' woeful marriage and inevitable divorce, their kindnesses and weaknesses, the absurd and comic turning-points of his past. Finally, in "Legend of a Suicide", Roy lays his father's ghost to rest. But not before he exacts a gruelling, exhilarating revenge. Revolving around a fatally misconceived adventure deep in the wilderness of Alaska, this is a remarkably tender story of survival and disillusioned love.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141043784

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“Legend of a Suicide”

It is clearly a very good, interesting and unique sort of book and I did enjoy it. Some of the imagery was beautiful and clear by only being indicated and it had a tension that was built on despair and frustration... More

15th February 2012
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At first I thought this was going to be a very depressing read and delayed starting it. However when I did I couldn't put it down.

The book is somewhat confusing and I must admit I felt a little dissatisfied... More

9th February 2010
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“Dramatic and poignant”

This is a thought provoking story (set of short stories?) following Roy and his memories of his boyhood. It is a strange and sad tale discussing themes such as death, the loss of chidhood and the futility of revenge.... More

23rd November 2009
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