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Riassunto: Ambrose Zephyr and his wife Zappora Ashkenazi (“Zipper”) have achieved a happy and balanced life together. She is the yin to his yang. He is the only man she has loved without adjustment. The two live contentedly in a narrow London terrace full of books.
That contentment is thrown into turmoil on or about Ambrose’s fiftieth birthday, when they receive the news that he has contracted a mysterious illness that will most certainly lead to his death within the month. In panicked delirium, from beneath their bed Ambrose withdraws an oxblood suitcase containing the ephemera of his long-suppressed life’s ambition: to travel the world in a pilgrimage through the alphabet, from Amsterdam to Zanzibar.
Scuttling the responsibilities of their respectably successful careers, the two set off on an urgent voyage through real and imagined geographies of place, of history, of art, and of love.
Zipper is continually frustrated by Ambrose’s reticence, but loves him beyond all measure. And Ambrose well appreciates his miraculous good fortune in having Zipper by his side, drawing out the best in him. Zipper does not completely understand Ambrose’s compulsion to pursue his childhood dream, but her commitment to him is absolute and so she, too, is compelled to make this journey.
In Amsterdam, they revisit past debates on beauty and art. In Berlin, they weigh the burdens of history. In the glow of the Chartres windows, they explore the stations of life. In Deauville, they fondly recall their youthful love. At “E,” Ambrose adjusts his long-drafted itinerary, crossing out Elba and replacing it with the Eiffel Tower of Zipper’s beloved Paris, the city of their first predestined encounter. While resting in Florence beside the youthfully vital David, they meet a chivalrous old man who shares his insight into enduring romance. It is in Giza that Ambrose begins to falter as he climbs a pyramid, and they miss Haifa thanks to a sandstorm. In Istanbul, they realize that Ambrose can go no further and they must return to their London terrace.
But their voyage is not over. The two continue their odyssey, no longer via plane and rail, but now through the power of shared desire and love. The wise words of a hallucinatory camel in Ambrose’s fevered dream ring out to them with equanimity: “Why, you ask? There is no why, Master Zephyr. Life goes on. Death goes on. Love goes on. It is all as simple as that.”
In the tradition of romantic legend and fable, The End of the Alphabet is a lovingly rendered, richly nuanced treatise on the nature of true and enduring love. The story of Ambrose and Zappora is a precious gift, one that illuminates a pathway to the return of balance and joy after unthinkable loss.
About the Author: As an award-winning book designer and now author, CS Richardson has worked in publishing for over twenty years. He is a multiple recipient of the Alcuin Award (Canada's highest honour for excellence in book design) and his work has been exhibited at both the Frankfurt and Leipzig Book Fairs. The End of the Alphabet, his first novel, has been sold in ten countries. He is currently at work on his second.
Titolo: The End of the Alphabet
Casa editrice: Doubleday Canada
Data di pubblicazione: 2007
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. May have some shelf-wear due to normal use. Codice libro della libreria 0KVBKH00386R
Descrizione libro Doubleday Canada. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Light shelving wear with minimal damage to cover and bindings. Pages show minor use. Codice libro della libreria G0385663404I3N10
Descrizione libro Doubleday Canada. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Minimal damage to cover and binding. Pages show light use. Codice libro della libreria G0385663404I3N00
Descrizione libro Doubleday Canada. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Very good condition - book only shows a small amount of wear. Codice libro della libreria G0385663404I4N00
Descrizione libro Doubleday Canada. Hardcover. Condizione libro: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Codice libro della libreria 2782169109
Descrizione libro Doubleday Canada, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Small hardcover. Sound, clean & nice copy, light edgewear. Jacket is bright & clean, light to moderate rubbing/edgewear. Not price clipped. Codice libro della libreria 866894n
Descrizione libro Doubleday Canada, Canada, 2007. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. First Edition. First printing. Fine. DJ faintly surface rubbed, else near fine. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 004270
Descrizione libro Doubleday Canada, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. First Edition; First Printing. A Good Read ships from Toronto and Niagara Falls, NY - customers outside of North America please allow two to three weeks for delivery. Bit of a slant to spine. ; 7.30 X 4.90 X 0.70 inches; 152 pages. Codice libro della libreria 87321
Descrizione libro Doubleday Canada, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. A Good Read ships from Toronto and Niagara Falls, NY - customers outside of North America please allow two to three weeks for delivery. ; 7.30 X 4.90 X 0.70 inches; 152 pages. Codice libro della libreria 85831
Descrizione libro Doubleday, Toronto, 2007. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: No Dj. Smaller 8vo pp. 139, Stylish, witty, joyous, and moving, 'The End of the Alphabet' is a magical, deeply romantic story about an everyday life defined by an extraordinary love. book. Codice libro della libreria 169698