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  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; 1st edition (4 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007250312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007250318
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,140,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A classy and original novel - wry, sad, tough-minded and stylishly written.’ Al Alvarez

Reviews for “The Pagan House”:

'Flusfeder is a genuinely original writer with a fine ear and fluent style. His previous novel, "The Gift", raised expectations of a flowering talent; this does not disappoint.' The Mail on Sunday

'Quite a book…'The Pagan House' is the kind of book that, as it eschews authorial stridency, plays down its finest passages of prose and tells its best jokes in an undertone, risks not being recognised as the small masterpiece that it is. After reading it, though, you won't want it any other way.' Daily Telegraph

'[A] madly brilliant, hilarious and tender portrait of adolescent angst.' Daily Mail

'"The Pagan House" is a sophisticated coming-of-age narrative with, appropriate to any shucking away of childish things, a darkening tone ushered in by the double-twist in Flusfeder's denouement.' Sunday Telegraph

'David Flusfeder is a deliciously talented writer …"The Pagan House" is terrific fun.' New Statesman

About the Author

David Flusfeder is the author of five previous novels: ‘Man Kills Woman’ (1993), ‘Like Plastic’ (1996), which won the Encore Award, ‘Morocco’ (2001), ‘The Gift’ (2003) and The Pagan House (2007).


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Crake on 30 Mar 2011
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That was the Guardian's conclusion about this author, adding that Flusfeder "writes clever and engaging books, each one of which deserves more public attention than it receives". I took a chance on it after reading the review and am really pleased that I did.
Spencer Ludwig is a fairly unsuccessful film director who takes his ailing father on a spur of the moment trip to Atlantic City. It's like a geriatric road movie and is both hysterically funny and painfully sad. Ludwig's father is a memorable creation who can still terrify and outwit his son when it suits him. Ludwig imagines how what is happening to him would appear if it was in a film but somehow this makes the story more credible even when it is bordering on farce. It would make a terrific movie itself.
I would recommend this highly to anyone who likes authors such as Evelyn Waugh, Edward St. Aubyn etc. As for me I'll be checking out all his other books.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Josa Young on 27 Feb 2010
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Rather like reading Patrick O'Brian's incontrovertibly masculine sea stories, full of words I have no hope of understanding, Flusfeder's prose swept me along in a state of exhilharation, into and out of casinos, backgammon and poker games, into and out of the minds and histories of Spencer and his decaying father. A classic 'what if' - I bought this after reading the author's account of visiting his dying father in New York, and considering what would happen if he simply drove off with him instead of taking him home. Very funny in places, it is also extremely moving. This is a novel that begs to be filmed (the clue is in the title) and I would rush to see it, provided the director had a deep and unsentimental knowledge of film, and was not remotely slushy. One highlight was Spencer's father bantering with a prostitute; comparing the provenance of her hair extension with that of his false teeth. Another was a glorious misunderstanding on the subject of how to avoid attacks by bears. Really, you have to read this book.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brett Grimly on 5 Feb 2010
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This is tragi-comedy at its absolute best. If you've read any other flusfeder novels you'll instantly appreciate that this is a writer as the top of his game
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A Film by Spencer Ludwig 12 Oct 2012
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A smart, witty, and moving novel about the relationship between a dying father and son, "A Film By Spencer Ludwig" takes us on a journey that explores what a son might wish for from a last adventure with his Father when such a thing seems hardly possible. That sounds rather heavy, but Flusfeder's touch never is, and the result is a funny, touching, and ironic story that really will carry you away...
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