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A Whole Life (Paperback)

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'Heart-rending and heart-warming . . . for all its gentleness, a very powerful novel' Jim Crace



Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps, where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family. He is a man of very few words and so, when he falls in love with Marie, he doesn't ask for her hand in marriage, but instead has some of his friends light her name at dusk across the mountain. When Marie dies in an avalanche, pregnant with their first child, Andreas' heart is broken. He leaves his valley just once more, to fight in WWII - where he is taken prisoner in the Caucasus - and returns to find that modernity has reached his remote haven . . .



Like John Williams' Stoner or Denis Johnson's Train Dreams, A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler is a tender book about finding dignity and beauty in solitude. An exquisite novel about a simple life, it has already demonstrated its power to move thousands of readers with a message of solace and truth. It looks at the moments, big and small, that make us what we are.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 08/10/2015 ISBN-13: 9781447283904  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Robert Seethaler is an Austrian living in Berlin. He is the author of several novels, including A Whole Life and The Tobacconist. He also works as an actor, starring in Paolo Sorrentino's Youth.

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Customer Reviews

I was disappointed - the story is insubstantial. There are well-written pastoral episodes, but I was left asking the question 'so what'? The book does not have a theme or a message - perhaps I am missing something?

- 11/12/2016
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How could such a small book encompass an entire life? Much like its cover, this is a beautiful and deceptively simple life. A man who survives in nature and shines in love loses his wife at an early age. The book is the story of him finding joy among the pain and you are left with a sense that when it’s all over, he has found enough.

 

Ben, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 31/07/2018

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