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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (28 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559279907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559279901
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 4 x 14.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,103,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A writer of great gifts. Cunningham's voice reaches that lyrical beauty in which even the grimmest events suggest their potential for grace (The New York Times Book Review )

Intensely, almost painfully intimate. A superb and major novel (David Leavitt )

As well as being fluent and attractive, this intimate saga of our times is immensely wise (Mail on Sunday )

Cunningham writes with power and delicacy of his three characters. Yet each one retains the mystery that in people is called soul, and in fiction is called art (The Los Angeles Times )

Extremely intelligent, moving and accomplished. Cunningham has mastered the art of evoking the richness of domestic lives (Sunday Times ) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Michael Cunningham lives in New York City. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Szynkaruk on 21 May 2000
Format: Paperback
Michael Cunningham may have won the Pulitzer for The Hours, but A Home at The End of The World is, for me, his best novel. Beautifully written, with an intensely spare lyrical voice, Cunningham examines that hardest of questions - when exactly is it that we have to grow up and take responsibility for our decisions?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles on 3 May 2011
Format: Paperback
First book I read from Michael Cunningham and absolutely loved his style. The author managed to cram so much into this novel, every two pages you have to stop and just reflect on that nugget of knowledge or thought he just exposed through one of the characters. The story is absolutely flawless and once you started there is no putting down. I read this on the coach 6 hours in a row non-stop and it was one enjoyable journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alessandra F. on 18 July 2010
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At first it took me a few pages to get into this book, possibly because the first person narrator moves from a character to another, creating a slight initial disorientation. Then, bit by bit, I just got completely absorbed, to the point that I devoured the book. Cunningham has a very gentle touch, his narrative is always very poetic and completely enjoyable. Moving through the lives of Bobby and Jonathan, friends since high school, the novel deals with what, after all, is one of everybody's major concern: finding a "place", a proper and definitive one, in this world. Despite being a not very original theme, Cunningham approaches it in a very singular way, and from a multiple point of view, giving it depth and complexity. The result is a novel I truly enjoyed and strongly recommend.
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By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
Two boys grow up; they are close, they are victims of their hormones, like all boys, but perhaps things go a little too far. Certainly Jonathan's mother is suspicious of Bobby. Especially after she interrupts a moment of experimentation as they sit in Jonathan's car. Jonathan's mother, Alice, is quite important in this book as an onlooker, she disapproves of Bobby who isn't quite of her class, yet when her son leaves for college she gives Bobby a lot of help when he becomes interested in setting up a small restaurant.

Cunningham is good with characterisation and plot and there is a deep feeling for people who don't fit easily into the roles thrust upon them. Bobby and Jonathan don't meet again for a few years, when Bobby moves to New York and meets Jonathan accidently on the street. His early academic promise has not survived and he is living with Clare, a designer while writing a food column for a New York paper. There evolves a complex three-way relationship. They talk about themselves and their feelings constantly and even Bobby, the least garrulous, is drawn into their serial wrangling.

Michael Cunningham is a sensitive and generous writer with a great deal of insight, but I do think the situation becomes overheated and might have been handled with more dispatch. It is also oddly vague about some things - how they divide the work in running their new restaurant, or the reappearance of an old friend of Jonathan's who has become ill with AIDS. There is the feeling of ticking boxes, though in other areas the three friends are unconventional to say the least. I grew a little tired of them all towards the last third of the book. But it is nicely sited in the zeitgeist of metropolitan love in the Big Apple.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Pickering on 15 May 2005
Format: Paperback
"A Home at the End of the World" has to be Michael Cunningham's finest book to date. In a sea of bland coming of age novels this book leaps miles ahead and is a must for anyone who enjoys reading alternative gay fiction. The core of this book is not, however, about homosexuality it takes a refreshing look at how people from differing backgroungs come together to forge a life together in a not so successful manner. All I can say is, read this book, it's fantastic!!
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Of all the books I've read recently on the topic of "gay" (a series of Edmund White + My policeman + London triptych+ Like people in history + Evrybody loves you+ Flesh and Blood+ The front runner) it is, by far, the one I prefer.
Why? Because the life energy that carries this book does not even have to ask about literary quality. There is a force to fight against adversity, to try to be happy, whether you are a man or a woman, to achieve in his or her love life, with unconventional means, for the time being can, and by developing, inventing forms of life, couple, two, three, that approach, moving away, where each partner, according to the periods closer to one or the other, with, sometimes, the overnight guests. And then distant removals for the time it takes, and sometimes for the rest of life. Not to mention the aging parents with whom we keep relationships.
Perhaps I was particularly sensitive to the strength of the relationship of a lifetime (well, we do not know, because there are still things to live at the end of the book) that is anchored in a friendship of childhood becoming a kind of love for life. It's not perfect, but however, this is love. They are loves. And their bear life of quite a lot of people.
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Format: Paperback
I adored the film and went online as soon as it had finished to find out more about it. Havng discovered that Michael Cunningham had written the book I had to buy it.

Like the book the story is very much a tale of two halves. It is an exploration of how we cope in the families we are born into and how we grow into the families we create. It is a beautiful story that begs to be read and re-read.

There would be a temptation, given some of the subject matter, to overplay some of the scenes within the book but Cunningham deftly handles his story and knows when to pull back from sensationalising aspects and never drops us into pathos or sentimentality.

This book so impressed me that I have ordered copies for members of my family - both given and self-created and I will look forward to hearing their thoughts. It has certainly made me want to read more from this very capable author.
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