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Author Name:    GIBSON, Graeme

Title:   Gentleman Death. First Edition

Publisher:    McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1993, 

Seller ID:   15054

GIBSON, Graeme. Gentleman Death. (Toronto) : McClelland & Stewart, (1993). Pp (10),3-256. 8vo, card covers, French flaps. "[...] Gentleman Death, his intriguing, humane, and sometimes outrageous portrayal of fifty-six-year-old novelist Robert Fraser as he comes face to face with creativity, his mortality, and the death of his father and brother. Set mainly in Toronto, Gentleman Death also takes us to London and Scotland to follow the escapades ofSimpson, called back into service by the sinister, Manipulative Powys. Ser vice, in this case, is donating sperm anonymously to a young woman bent on single motherhood. To Berlin just before the Chernobyl disaster, where Dunbar, an enigmatic tourist, meets and becomes captivated by Lena, with whom he begins to sense an almost forgotten freedom and elation. And, not coincidentally, to New York City, where at a glitzy fundraising event, Fraser has an unexpected, intensely personal encounter. Gibson juxtaposes reality and fiction to reveal not only the lagacies one generation bequeaths to the nest, but also the responsibilities that we, the living, have to our own dead.Hard-edged but compassionate, and ofeten very funny, Gentleman Death is an exploration of individual and collective losses. the absurdities and alarm s of aging, and , finally the maturity that grows from reconciliation." - from front flap. Very good. 13.00


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