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Mr Phillips (Paperback)

Author:  John Lanchester
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0140298363
ISBN-13: 9780140298369
Sku: 30702371
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.5H x 5L x 0.5T
Pages:  304
Age Range:  22 to UP
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Now in paperback from the author of "The Debt to Pleasure" comes the story of Mr. Phillips, an Everyman for our times, who loses his job and wonders who and what he can become. "Near-perfect".--"The Washington Post Book World".
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The British author of The Debt to Pleasure tells the tale of Mr. Phillips, an ordinary Londoner who sees the world with completely different eyes when his safe, routine existence is shattered after he loses his job of fifteen years. Reprint.The British author of The Debt to Pleasure tells the tale of Mr. Phillips, an ordinary Londoner who sees the world with completely different eyes when his safe, routine existence is shattered after he loses his job of fifteen years. Reprint.
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Mr. Phillips's firm has downsized, and he has lost his job. This is the secret he carries with him as, with suit and briefcase, he walks the streets of London on Monday, July 31, 1995, trying to find the courage to break it to his wife. Deliberately modeled on Virginia Woolf's MRS. DALLOWAY, Lanchester's novel follows Phillips on a journey through the city that is also a journey through his own psyche. A New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000.Mr. Phillips's firm has downsized, and he has lost his job. This is the secret he carries with him as, with suit and briefcase, he walks the streets of London on Monday, July 31, 1995, trying to find the courage to break it to his wife. Deliberately modeled on Virginia Woolf's MRS. DALLOWAY, Lanchester's novel follows Phillips on a journey through the city that is also a journey through his own psyche. A New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000.
Author Bio
John Lanchester
John Lanchester has lived in Calcutta, Rangoon, Brunei, and Hong Kong. He attended St. John's College, Oxford. His work has included book reviewing, book editing, sports reporting and obituary writing, as well as restaurant reviewing. He has served as deputy editor of the London Review of Books.

Praise

Literary Review
"[Lanchester's] second novel is a seemingly perverse demonstration that the author of a coruscating debut can also be workmanlike, even tedious. Perhaps he felt trapped by being perceived as a gourmet of language, a latter-day Nabokov. But the price of freeing himself from that image, by writing a novel as unlike THE DEBT TO PLEASURE as possible, is to trap the reader inside the stale, claustrophobic mind of Mr. Phillips." - John Dugdale February 2000

Times Literary Supplement
"[T]here is a vein of the kind of lively, inventive observations and digressions which made THE DEBT TO PLEASURE so enjoyable. The book is filled with satisfyingly epigrammatic one-liners....Lanchester has great verbal facility, but he rarely lets fluency become glibness....[A]t its best the book vividly conveys a certain level of London reality rarely encountered in fiction, and confirms John Lanchester as a broader and more flexible talent than might previously have been supposed." - Christopher Tayler 01/21/2000

London Review of Books
"[I]t is exceptionally funny and often astoundingly intelligent--but it is quizzical....MR. PHILLIPS is a genuine contemporary philosophical novel, a comedy of manners of thought....With its virtuosity of style, its lack of casual sentimentality, and its easy way with the comic problems of philosophy, MR. PHILLIPS is a contemporary TRISTAM SHANDY." - Adam Phillips 03/02/2000

Los Angeles Times Book Review
"What is sure is that Lanchester is a mightily gifted fictionist, a wry humorist, a wise observer of his species and a writer of startling powers. Like the very best, he pays as much attention to the sentence as the narrative, and the language...can be heartbreakingly beautiful....THE DEBT TO PLEASURE, Lanchester's debut, was greeted with such approval around the world (translated into more than 20 languages) as to make it a very tough act to follow. With MR. PHILLIPS he has given readers that rare thing: a second novel better than the first. - Thomas Lynch 04/09/2000

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"How does one construct a novel of almost 300 pages in which virtually nothing happens?...The young John Lanchester...has, against all odds, largely succeeded in pulling it off....[T]he book's ultimate strength may derive less from its syntactical cleverness than from its human compassion....[T]he unheroic, undramatic desperation of Mr. Phillips' occurrent life--the onset of gradual physical decline, the decorous and well-intentioned alienation from his immediate family and, most immediately and most tellingly, the loss of his job--may be all the more poignant for being barely addressed." - Erik Tarloff 04/16/2000

New York Times Book Review
"Lanchester has set himself the stern challenge of making a resolutely ordinary mind interesting without sliding into sentimentality--of steering his creation closer to Mrs. Dalloway than Mr. Chips. The novel certainly has its wit about it, but marking time with Mr. Phillips is a bit of a disappointing fall to earth after the florid erudition and charming self-deceptions of Tarquin Winot, the gourmand narrator of Lanchester's ravishing debut novel, THE DEBT TO PLEASURE." - Jennifer Schuessler 05/07/2000

Kirkus Reviews
"One of the most moving father-son stories in decades, this first novel...is also a knowing and witty take on the immigrant experience, at the same time that it transcends the particularities of that experience....As grandly comic as an American carnival and as tragic as any Chinese opera." 01/15/2000

Los Angeles Times Book Review
"[The] opening is full of hilarious promise, farce garnished with food, Lucky Jim married to Dona Flor. But then Louie changes direction. The women, it turns out, are only appetizers for the main course: the long struggle between Sterling and his father. And struggle they do, over the course of 370 pages....But there is something disconcerting about starting a meal with Amis, moving on to Roth and ending up with Turgenev for dessert....Historical and social context, which Louie sets up so well at the beginning, disappear entirely as the novel progresses, as do the fragile and original psyches of the characters...." - Jonathan Levi 03/12/2000

Wall Street Journal
"Mr. Louie serves up tired themes--generation gap, Asian-American masculinity and impotence, interracial romance and the seduction of the American Dream--in absurd and sometimes funny slapstick that would be great in a sitcom. But there's not enough plot consistency or character development to carry the novel." - Yu Wong 03/10/2000

New York Times Book Review
"Louie, retaining the wit, occasional spookiness and eye for both alienation and absurdity of his short stories, has not managed to find an adequate engine to propel them over a longer and more difficult distance." - Richard Eder 04/02/2000

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0304
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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