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Stevenson under the palm trees

Autore: Alberto Manguel
Editore: New York : Canongate, 2004.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : Fiction : English : 1st American edVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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Casting Robert Louis Stevenson as his protagonist, Alberto Manguel, author of the international best-selling A History of Reading, spins an intoxicating murder mystery in the South Pacific that echoes Joseph Conrad and A. S. Byatt. Robert Louis Stevenson has become accustomed to the intense colors and severe humidity of Samoa, as well as the uninhibited earthiness of its people. Yet his thoughts turn nostalgically  Per saperne di più…
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Genere/forma: Fiction
Persona incaricata: Robert Louis Stevenson; Robert Louis Stevenson
Tipo materiale: Fiction
Tipo documento: Book
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Alberto Manguel
ISBN: 1841955884 9781841955889
Numero OCLC: 56637970
Descrizione: 105 p. ; 21 cm.
Responsabilità: Alberto Manguel.

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Casting Robert Louis Stevenson as his protagonist, Alberto Manguel, author of the international best-selling A History of Reading, spins an intoxicating murder mystery in the South Pacific that echoes Joseph Conrad and A. S. Byatt. Robert Louis Stevenson has become accustomed to the intense colors and severe humidity of Samoa, as well as the uninhibited earthiness of its people. Yet his thoughts turn nostalgically back to his native Edinburgh after a chance encounter with the newly arrived Scots missionary, Mr. Baker. The stark contrast between Stevenson's restrained past and the fecund sensuality of the island becomes a pivot point in Stevenson's consciousness. Everything sours, though, when a young Samoan woman for whom Stevenson privately pined is raped and murdered. The mysterious Mr. Baker presents himself at the center of the investigation as Stevenson suddenly becomes suspicious to his once-admiring islanders. With a playful nod to Stevenson's life and magnificent fictions, Alberto Manguel has weaved together a compelling tale among the palm trees of the South Pacific.

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