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The Story of My Disappearance Hardcover – 1 Dec 1997


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; First Edition edition (1 Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571192440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571192441
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,760,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Watkins's sixth novel is about an East German soldier and spy named Paul Wedekind. He becomes an American fisherman called Paul Watkins, has some exciting and deadly adventures at sea when a man he betrayed and thought he killed in Afghanistan surfaces in Rhode Island, and winds up in Mexico, writing this book "with a pencil on cheap gray-white notepads", the only paper he can find. The Story of My Disappearance ends with this note: "The author would like to thank Professor Hector Morales of the Coba Archaeological Facility, Coba, Quintana Roo, Mexico, for his help in forwarding this manuscript to the publishers." Does this mean that the story is true--that the "Paul Watkins" in the novel is really the author--and that it came in over the transom and not through his agent? Don't let these questions spoil the pleasure of Watkins's precise prose as he sets out to cross Hemingway with Kafka, tossing in large chunks of Joseph Conrad in the bargain. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Paul Watkins was born in 1964. He is the son of Welsh parents and was educated at the Dragon School, at Eton and at Yale. His novels include Night Over Day Over Night, Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn, In the Blue Light of African Dreams, The Promise of Night, Archangel, The Story of My Disappearance and The Forger. He has also written about his experiences at public school, in Stand Before Your God. He was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1992 and 1996, and won the Winifred Holtby Prize for Best Regional Novel of the Year in 1996. He lives in the USA. --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 A Customer on 22 Mar. 2000
Format: Paperback
I agree wholeheartedly with the previous review of this novel - The Story of My Disappearence is the best thriller I have ever read. The lack of emotion on the part of the main character reminded me of Mersault in "The Outsider" by Camus, and as the book went on, I began to understand the reasons behind his apparently cool exterior and interior. However, I digress... it was an intriguing, sometimes harrowing, but always gripping novel, which was a roller-coaster ride until the very end - when I felt that I had been flung off. Absolutely, absolutely brilliant. I too picked it up by chance, this time in an airport bookshop. Now, I recommend it to everyone I happen to have a conversation about novels with! For God's sake, read it! (please feel free to edit my review - i am no writer as you can see!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
In his other books [Watkins] has the annoying - but endearing - habit of linking them together with characters related to each other. It's okay at first - then damn grating. I wish he'd stop it. It's childish. This book takes it further - with him naming one of his characters with his own name. What was going through his mind God Only Knows. BUT and this is the really stupifying part - the sheer chiselled nature of his rock solid prose, solid foundation of his arching narrative and the depth of his robust characters still, infuriatingly, carry this shambles of a book towards greatness. Proof, if you like, that even on a bad day, Watkins still blows his rivals, albeit chaotically in this case, out of the water. Throw back a glass or two, read on with sweat-inducing abandon, and relish an unlikely tale of deceit, identity and, believe it or not (for Watkins), love. Yeah, maybe the old Etonian is maturing after all. But hope springs eternal. Pack your Filson bag man and hit the road again. And throw away thows ITN tapes. We want to know everything first hand, including, as Hemingway said, 'What the weather was like'. And we're depending on you to do it for us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this book on a whim from a recommendation in a magazine. And boy did I enjoy it. From the cracking first chapter the pages kept turning to find out what would be the outcome. A thrilling, fast paced and utterly readable novel and thoroughly unputdownable. Delightfully written with characters that you instantly warm to .. and is it a true story or not ... ??? Thats the question ! Run to the nearest bookstore - you won't be disappointed !
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By John Garrett on 4 Jan. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Has not lost any of its quality since I red it 10 years ago. It was like reading a new book because I had forgotten how most of it panned out. Believable, exciting and well written
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Dec. 2000
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I think that Paul Watkins work is underrated and does not receive the attention it deserves. This is a tremendously good read, atmospheric with a clever storyline.
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