The Book of Fame Paperback – 31 Aug 2000
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About the Author
Multi-award-winning novelist Lloyd Jones was born in 1955 in Lower Hutt in New Zealand and graduated from Victoria University. He has worked as a journalist and covered Papua New Guinea's blockade of Bougainville during the 1990s, which formed the setting for his bestselling, Booker-Prize-shortlisted "Mister Pip." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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From the pen of this genius, these men come alive. You can hear the roar of the crowds as this group invades the continent. You will root for them, glory in their triumphs, you will smile with them, and, to quote the now trite words of a former president of these United States, "feel their pain" as they get battered and bruised with their breakneck schedule. They conquer England, Ireland, France and the United States. As is often the case with travelers on an extended trip, they experience homesickness: "Our thoughts turned homeward." When they cross the equator on their voyage, Bill Cunningham, a miner, wears a dress. In London they visit both the National Portrait Gallery and Madam Tussaud's, tiptoeing "around the Shah of Persia, Garibaldi, Shakespeare." They fall in love with Paris: "We decided we liked Paris. We liked it for not being Wales or England."
George Dixon gives the team good advice before they arrive in England: They are just to be themselves. "We did not want to interrupt England." In one of the most moving passages in this most-difficult-to-describe little masterpiece at just a little over two hundred pages, when these men that you , the reader, have now come to love reach Londonderry, some of the townspeople, meeting the train, recognize their relatives from New Zealand whom they have never met just because they all favor each other: "A few people are waiting on the platform, among them his [Billy Wallace, a foundryman] relatives. He's never seen these people before in his life, but at once he recognizes them. It's like seeing how he will eventually look when he's very old; and not so old. As he steps on to the platform his father's father and his father's brother crush him on both sides. They hug him then hold him at arm's length to look at him. One sees a son and the other sees a brother. Billy sees his origins."
It is obvious that Mr. Jones can write a fantastic novel on any subject. This one, the latest to be published in the U. S., is not to be missed.
It is not a book just for people who like sport but will interest anyone who is interested in the idea of fame and how (in our times now) so many people are looking for it while these men in 1905 had no expectations of such a thing and how they manage it when it comes there way.