I'll Let You Go (Paperback)

Author: Wagner, Bruce

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In I'll Let You Go, a boy seeks his lost father and a woman finds her lost love; and a family of unimaginable wealth learns its fate is tied to those of a street orphan and the courtly, homeless, schizophrenic giant who protects her.

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Publisher Random House Trade
Mfg Part# 9780812968477
SKU 33779288
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0812968476
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1.5T
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"[T]he muse hovering over I'LL LET YOU GO is the great Charles Dickens, with nods and winks along the way to Tom Wolfe, Evelyn Waugh and Proust. Not only is the byzantine story line decidedly in the manner of Dickens but many of the characters...seem to have been inspired by people from BLEAK HOUSE, GREAT EXPECTATIONS, and OLIVER TWIST....Mr. Wagner delineates his characters with such sympathy and verve, such a sharp eye for the status details that reveal their social standing...that they become palpable human beings, real in their griefs and yearnings and illusions....[Attests] not only to Mr. Wagner's range as a writer--his ability to write with affecting sincerity as well as satiric glee--but also to his power as a storyteller to beguile."
"Dickens seems to have replaced West as role model, and Wagner's world-view has sweetened considerably....l'LL LET YOU GO is a curious hybrid--a lumpy blend of fairy tale, youth-detective story and haute ethnography, kind of like a collaboration between Dickens, Franklin W. Dixon and Robin Leach. More than anything it seems to be a hugely precocious adolescent fantasy about growing up with unlimited wealth."
"The modernists sought to strip the author away from the text, but Wagner plunges happily back into the 19th century with his neo-Victorian narrative voice, intruding upon the novel with many an authorial digression....With its footnotes and digressions, I'LL LET YOU GO might be self-conscious at times, even a bit contrived--we feel the author hard at work propelling his characters into each other's paths, bringing them together in a string of improbable intersections and reunions. But ultimately the book succeeds, for it champions elements of fiction too often neglected in contemporary literature--plot, character, suspense--elements proved by the Victorians to have an enduring capacity to delight."
"The huge cast of characters and convoluted plot get away from Wagner, while the antiquated narrative voice, so congenial early on, eventually becomes defensive."
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Annotation This richly Dickensian family saga, which takes place in Bel-Air, is about the Trotter family: young Tull, his dog Pullman, his mother Trinnie, and Trinnie's wealthy father. There are also Tull's cousins, Lucy (who is in love with Tull) and Edward (who is physically deformed but brilliant). The search for Tull's long-missing father, and the arrival of Amaryllis, whose mother has just died, enlarge the lives of everyone concerned.
First Line The boy took long walks in the countryfied Bel-Air hills with Pullman, the stately Dane--ears like membranous tepees, one eye blue, the other a forlorn and bottomless brown, jowls pinkening toward nose, arctic-white coat mottled by "torn" patches characteristic of the harlequin breed, the whole length of him an inkspot archipelago--even though the animal didn't seem particularly fond of such locomotion. Great Danes were majestic that way. They could take their jaunt or leave it.
Editors Note Twelve-year-old Toulouse “Tull” Trotter lives on his grandfather’s vast Bel-Air parkland estate with his mother, the beautiful, drug-addicted Katrina—a landscape artist who specializes in topiary labyrinths. He spends most of his time with young cousins Lucy, “the girl detective,” and Edward, a prodigy undaunted by the disfiguring effects of Apert Syndrome. One day, an impulsive revelation by Lucy sets in motion a chain of events that changes Tull—and the Trotter family—forever. In this latter-day Thousand and One Nights, a boy seeks his lost father and a woman finds her long-lost love . . . while a family of unimaginable wealth learns that its fate is bound up with two fugitives: Amaryllis, a street orphan who aspires to be a saint, and her protector, a homeless schizophrenic, clad in Victorian rags, who is accused of a horrifying crime.
Editors Note 3 The lives of twelve-year-old Toulouse "Tull" Trotter" and his fabulously wealthy family mysteriously intertwines those of the poor orphan Amaryllis and the homeless schizophrenic who protects her, in a moving, acerbic new novel by the author of I'm Losing You. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
Editors Note 4 Twelve-year-old Toulouse ?Tull? Trotter lives on his grandfather's vast Bel-Air parkland estate with his mother, the beautiful, drug-addicted Katrina?a landscape artist who specializes in topiary labyrinths. He spends most of his time with young cousins Lucy, ?the girl detective,? and Edward, a prodigy undaunted by the disfiguring effects of Apert Syndrome. One day, an impulsive revelation by Lucy sets in motion a chain of events that changes Tull?and the Trotter family?forever.In this latter-day Thousand and One Nights, a boy seeks his lost father and a woman finds her long-lost love . . . while a family of unimaginable wealth learns that its fate is bound up with two fugitives: Amaryllis, a street orphan who aspires to be a saint, and her protector, a homeless schizophrenic, clad in Victorian rags, who is accused of a horrifying crime.
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Number of Pages 0576
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