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Census Hardcover – 5 Apr 2018

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (5 April 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783783753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783783755
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Census is a vital testament to selfless love; a psalm to commonplace miracles, and a mysterious evolving metaphor. So kind, it aches' -- David Mitchell

'Uniquely memorably and utterly profound... Strange and dreamlike' -- Financial Times

'Unexpected, often remarkable... Done with a light touch and a resourceful sense of drama [the characters are] all vividly rendered often with wonderfully macabre or bizarre stories in their background, and advance a sustained philosophical inquiry into the nature and limits of human empathy... A detailed and moving portrait of a kind of radical innocence, one that brings both the cruelty and the kindness in the world around into sharp focus' -- Guardian>/i>

'A powerful reflection on what constitutes selfhood [from] Ball -- a rising star of US fiction... I defy anyone not to read its final pages through tears' -- Daily Mail

'Census is a curious, clever novel... Ball's style is spare and simple... Census is a help to greater understanding and an act of piety. It is a humane, surreal novel' -- Spectator

'This is both a curiously complicated and persuasively simple book... The text reads more like a letter exploring the complexity of love' --Irish Times

'A novel of abundant affecting moments and strange, fierce wisdom, Census is an exquisitely powerful testament to live' --Lisa McInerney

"Emotionally riveting and shot through with the most pressing issues of our time, Ball's exploration of humanity in modern America is not to be missed." --Popsugar

From the Back Cover

When a widower receives the devastating news that he doesn't have long to live, he is struck by the question of who will care for his adult son--a son whom he fiercely loves, a boy with Down syndrome. With no recourse in mind, and with a desire to see the country on one last trip, the man signs up as a census taker for a mysterious governmental bureau and leaves town with his son.

Traveling north, farther into the country, through a tapestry of towns named only by ascending letters of the alphabet, the man and his son encounter a wide range of human experience. While some townspeople welcome the pair into their homes, others, who bear the physical brand of past censuses on their ribs, are wary of their presence. Toward the edges of civilization, the landscape grows wilder and the towns grow farther apart and more blighted by industrial decay. As they approach Z, the man must confront a series of questions: What is the purpose of the census? Is he complicit in its mission? And just how will he learn to say goodbye to his son?

Wrenching and beautiful, Census is a novel about free will, grief, the power of memory, and the ferocity of parental love. It is also an indictment of the cruelties of our society by a major writer.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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