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The porpoise, by Mark Haddon

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The porpoise
Title
The porpoise
Statement of responsibility
by Mark Haddon
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Language
eng
Summary
"Mark Haddon's breathtaking novel begins with a harrowing plane crash: Maja, the pregnant wife of the unimaginably wealthy Philippe, is killed, but their daughter Angelica survives. Philippe's obsession with the girl's safety morphs into something sinister and grotesque as she grows into a beautiful teen. A young man named Darius, visiting Philippe with a business proposition, encounters Angelica and intuits their secret -- he decides to rescue her, but the attempt goes awry and he flees England by sea. This contemporary story mirrors the ancient legend of Antiochus, whose love for the daughter of his dead wife was discovered by the adventurer Appolinus of Tyre. The tale appeared in many forms through the ages; Apollinus becoming the swashbuckling Pericles in Shakespeare's eponymous play. In The Porpoise, as Angelique comes to terms with a life imprisoned on her father's estate, Darius morphs into Pericles, voyaging through a mythic world. In a bravura feat of storytelling, Haddon recounts his many exploits in thrilling fashion, mining the meaning of the old legends while creating parallels with the monstrous modern world Angelica inhabits. The language is rich and gorgeous; the conjured worlds are perfectly imagined; the plot moves forward at a ferocious pace. But as much as Haddon plays with myth and meaning, his themes speak deeply to the current moment. As profound as it is entertaining, The Porpoise is a major literary achievement by an author whose myriad talents are on full, vivid display"--
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1962-
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Haddon, Mark
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6058.A26
LC item number
P67 2019b
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1564-1616
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Shakespeare, William
Series statement
Thorndike Press large print Bill's bookshelf
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  • Shakespeare, William
  • Large type books
  • Parables
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The porpoise, by Mark Haddon
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 469-472)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The flight -- The child -- The porpoise -- The family -- The serpent -- The hunt -- The storm
Control code
on1105735835
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
475 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432871406
Lccn
2019025413
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The porpoise, by Mark Haddon
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 469-472)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The flight -- The child -- The porpoise -- The family -- The serpent -- The hunt -- The storm
Control code
on1105735835
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
475 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432871406
Lccn
2019025413
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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