The New Confessions Paperback – 25 Feb 1999
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"An entertaining and darkly comic novel, a novel given weight and ballast by the pressure of recent history." --The New York Times
"Here is the rarest of books, the sort you want to read again--even before you've finished it the first time. . . . Boyd gives us a magnificent experience." --People
"Boyd has created an important and complex character in a vividly evoked series of settings. . . . He has written a subtle and provocative history of our time." --Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Entertaining and intellectually engaging." --Time
-An entertaining and darkly comic novel, a novel given weight and ballast by the pressure of recent history.- --The New York Times
-Here is the rarest of books, the sort you want to read again--even before you've finished it the first time. . . . Boyd gives us a magnificent experience.- --People
-Boyd has created an important and complex character in a vividly evoked series of settings. . . . He has written a subtle and provocative history of our time.- --Los Angeles Times Book Review
-Entertaining and intellectually engaging.- --Time --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In this extraordinary novel, William Boyd presents the autobiography of John James Todd, whose uncanny and exhilarating life as one of the most unappreciated geniuses of the twentieth century is equal parts Laurence Stern, Charles Dickens, Robertson Davies, and Saul Bellow, and a hundred percent William Boyd.
From his birth in 1899, Todd was doomed. Emerging from his angst-filled childhood, he rushes into the throes of the twentieth century on the Western Front during the Great War, and quickly changes his role on the battlefield from cannon fodder to cameraman. When he becomes a prisoner of war, he discovers Rousseau's Confessions, and dedicates his life to bringing the memoir to the silver screen. Plagued by bad luck and blind ambition, Todd becomes a celebrated London upstart, a Weimar luminary, and finally a disgruntled director of cowboy movies and the eleventh member of the Hollywood Ten. Ambitious and entertaining, Boyd has invented a most irresistible hero. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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on 19 October 2016
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I enjoyed several passages but I got to the stage where so much that had been described previously was difficult to remember and so the thread got lost and tangled. Overall though a good grounding in the vagaries of life as well as the unasked for!
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Fascinating although I know quite a few people did not like this book.
Not yet read this book but as it is written by William Boyd I know it will be good.
The 1770 tell-all autobiography “Confessions” by French philosopher J.J. Rousseau (1712-78) underpins, inspires, even mirrors much of the life story of Scotsman J.J.Read more
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