Losing Nelson (Paperback)

Author: Unsworth, Barry

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"Losing Nelson" is a novel of obsession, the story of Charles Cleasby, a man unable to see himself separately from the hero--Lord Horatio Nelson--he mistakenly idolizes. While Cleasby is convinced Nelson is the greatest hero, Cleasby comes to a horrifying incident of brutality in Nelson's military career that simply stumps all attempts at glorification. A "New Your Times" Notable Book. A "Publishers Weekly" Best Book of 1999.

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Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Mfg Part# 9780393321173
SKU 30641859
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0393321177
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Author Info
Barry Unsworth
Barry Unsworth's novel PASCALI'S ISLAND was made into a film, and SACRED HUNGER won the Booker Prize. A former teacher who has traveled extensively throughout the world--living for many years in Finland, and in his later years mainly in Umbria--he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Praise
"[A] clever and moving study of a morbid psychology kept just about in check until its very last expression. It seems to me a distinguished addition to Barry Unsworth's impressive list of novels to date."
"Though Unsworth never overcomplicates his story, his accumulation of detail and changes of perspective result in a complex picture not just of the flawed nature of heroism, but of a man's inability to come to terns with the reality he faces."
"LOSING NELSON is not just a book about one man's descent into madness, about one man's obsession with one hero. Nor is it just a book about England, a country that has lost an arm and an eye and still thinks it rules the waves. It is a historical novel about how we look at history, a strange and rich fruit planted by a superb creator, pulpy and juicy, full of wisdom and horror."
"[T]he novel evolves relentlessly into a searing indictment that will probably have its greatest impact in England, but will still stand on its own elsewhere as a compelling achievement....It's clear that Unsworth is not merely writing...an academic dispute: Did Lord Nelson knowingly deliver hundreds of men, women and children to prison, torture and the gallows despite a treaty assuring their safe conduct from Naples? LOSING NELSON is about how heroes are created by the same process that produces serial killers....Unsworth brings it all to astonishingly vivid life....Unsworth combines impeccably lucid prose with convincing historical and human detail in a novel that keeps the reader enthralled."
"This is a terrific book that charts the rise and all of a historical giant as it simultaneously reveals the crumbling of an inadequate mind."
From the Publisher
Annotation A biographer of the great Lord Nelson routinely reenacts the admiral's life as part of his immersion in his subject. When he happens on an incident in Nelson's life that is horrifying in its cruelty, he must revise his methods and, in fact, his own life.
Editors Note Losing Nelson is a novel of obsession, the story of Charles Cleasby, a man unable to see himself separately from the hero--Lord Horatio Nelson--he mistakenly idolizes. He is, in fact, a Nelson biographer run amok. He is convinced that Nelson, Britain's greatest admiral, who lost his own life defeating Napoleon in the Battle of Trafalgar, is the perfect hero. However, in his research he has come upon an incident of horrifying brutality in Nelson's military career that simply stumps all attempts at glorification. Reading group guide available. A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1999; a New York Times Notable Book.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0352
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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