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Nicolo's Gifts Paperback – 1 Sep 2003

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: bluechrome Publishing (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954379667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954379667
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 17.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,337,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Literature, folktales and the constant struggle of the astute mind against the mundane are fused with confident audacity in this dazzling debut. Prepare to be enraptured by a cast of characters who are as wise as they are naive and as beatific as they are flawed.

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The intake of first breath, smack. Now screaming. Newborn declarations.
Barnyard animals surround Joseph Cavendish, a chicken scratches with a pointed beak by his feet, stuck in silent stupidity, static for eternity. Cow eyes watch the brooding man carefully from out of the smooth wall, oblivious to the wailing that filters through the hospital door.
"Daddy," Says Joseph’s sticky fingered four year old, wiping sugary hands down the cow’s leg, pasting the cheerful mural with crystalline flakes of sweet snow. "Mummy’s stopped shouting out. That’s not mummy crying." Joseph tousles his young son’s frizzy hair. A tear skis down one of his dark cheeks.
"Here," Joseph kneels beside his son and places a set of silver keys in the toddler’s tacky palm. "Look after these. I’m just going to… I’ll be back shortly. Mummy will be ready to see us in a minute. Just wait here so she knows not to worry. Be a good boy Craig."
Joseph walks the dimly lit hospital corridor. The farm animals dissipate, giving way to primary-coloured cartoon characters. The fretful man passes a pair of blue-uniformed paediatric nurses and arrives at a dead end. Eventually Joseph finds a flight of stairs, signs that guide him to the nearest exit. He breathes in crisp winter air, bathed in a wash of neon that illuminates the outpatients’ reception area.
He walks past and ignores a polished grey car, his own, and jogs to the side of the road to catch a bus as the last group of late night commuters board. Joseph’s hand closes around the pole at the rear of the vehicle and he hangs from the back of the bus, watching the hospital where his wife has just given birth disappear behind an outcrop of tower blocks.

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4.0 out of 5 starsA Truely moving and meaningful work of literary prose
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