The Wilderness (Paperback) - Harvey, Samantha

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With his memories slowly eroding thanks to the ravages of Alzheimers, Jake Jameson, a sixty-five-year-old architect on the verge of retirement, struggles to preserve his sense of identity by building stories about his feelings and the events of his life, unaware that even his clearest recollections may not be true. A first novel. 30,000 first printing. *Author: Harvey, Samantha *Publication Date: 2010/04/06 *Number of Pages: 371 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780307454775
SKU 211534608
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0307454770
Release Date 4/6/2010
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
"THE WILDERNESS is Samantha Harvey's first novel, but it feels like a mature work..."
"While most books about Alzheimer's are written from the outside looking in, this one stays within the ever-narrowing parameters of Jacob's mind."
"THE WILDERNESS bills itself as a novel about a man who's losing his mind to Alzheimer's, but it's far more...than that. It's closer to Virginia Woolf's meditative novels than anything else I can think of."
"When describing Jake's confusion, Samantha Harvey uses her precise and unostentatious style to full effect....[Jake's] struggle becomes as oppressive to the reader as it is to [him], and absolution comes only when...he finally loses his mind completely..."
"Samantha Harvey's debut novel is a brave and intelligent crafting of narrative around narrative's ruins in the mind of a sufferer from Alzheimer's Disease. Without memory, self and story crumble, though for a while the losses made by the shrivelling brain can be circumvented. Harvey submerges the reader in a literary unfolding of dementia."
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Annotation In Samantha Harvey's hypnotic and intentionally disorienting first novel, Jake, a man sliding into the abyss of Alzheimer's disease, struggles to remember the facts of his life, desperate to remember the reasons for his mother's and wife's deaths and why his son is in prison. Like a mystery unfolding backwards, THE WILDERNESS moves from a state of fragile clarity into the agony of confusion. Though a formally difficult work, especially in the later sections, THE WILDERNESS, which was nominated for the 2009 Man Booker Prize, is an ingenious and troubling concept that is wonderfully executed--Jake's pain is powerfully felt.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0371
Publisher Anchor Books

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