First edition hardback; grey boards, gilt lettering; upper and lower edges of spine bumped; crease to upper corner of rear board; a little foxing to outer edge of text block; owner's inscription to front free endpaper; contents clean and tight; signed by the author; D/J price clipped; slight signs of wear to edges; generally in very good condition. Codice inventario libreria
In November 1918, in a railway carriage in a forest near Paris, six men meet to negotiate an end to the terrible slaughter of the First World War. Threatened by famine and anarchy at home, the Germans struggle to mitigate the punishing terms offered by the Allies. But both sides are torn by battle exhaustion and a confusion that far exceed their national differences. In this riveting combination of history, speculation and rumour, Thomas Keneally recreates the personalities, ideals, prejudices, arguments and desperate measures that resulted in the armistice which would shape the future of Europe.
Format:198 x 129 mm
Markets:BCN ex Can
Four of Thomas Keneally's novels have been shortlisted for the Booker prize and SCHINDLER'S ARK (filmed by Steven Spielberg as Schindler's List) has sold more copies than any other Booker Prize-winner. He is also the author of several works of non-fiction, including THE PLACE WHERE SOULS ARE BORN, about the American Southwest.
BIRTHPLACE: New South Wales, Australia.
WHEREABOUTS: Sydney, Australia
PREVIOUS BOOKS: INCLUDE
BLOOD RED, SISTER ROSE; CONFEDERATES; THE PLAYMAKER; THE PLACE WHERE SOULS ARE BORN; A FAMILY MADNESS; TOWARDS ASMARA; WOMAN OF THE INNER SEA; JACKO; SCHINDLER'S LIST
*Part of the new Sceptre relaunch
(1)Shortlisted for the Booker Prize
(2) Publication will coincide with Keneally's new novel A RIVER TOWN and the paperback of JACKO.
(3) Author PR on publication. Keneally will be here to take part in the Sceptre promotion.
Recensione: As in Keneally's portrait of Joan of Arc, Blood Red, Sister Rose (1974), this treatment of a historical event - the Armistice negotiations which ended World War I - explores the roots of personal and political power. The railroad car in the forest of Compiegne, where the meetings between the allies and a hastily assembled group of Germans took place, was appropriately shunted to a siding - away from the thousands who died and the millions who would live by what was decided there. The delegates bring their playthings into the crowded car: Marshall Foch his self-sanctified conviction that wars are won by "moral force"; aristocrats of both sides their cherished hierarchies; and Matthias Erzberger, who Finds himself spokesman for the Germans, his conscience - a luxury for which he will never be forgiven at home. While the negotiators indulge in "mystical exercises" or bargain for ships and sealing wax, some dream (Foch, of mute soldiers hiding in the forest; Erzberger of "pale soldiers. . . seeping waters") while others grumble fearfully about socialism and tell tall tales. There was, for example, the story of a suicidal horse. . . "What rider (now) would be safe?" The air becomes stale and close and (in Keneally's one unfounded fantasy) a couple make love on the negotiating table: "It was insufferable to think that in such a little space. . . eight men (could) weave a scab over that pit of corpses four years deep." With dramatic dialogue insets, this is a ruthless pursuit of those leaders who, as Foch remembers Joan of Arc, can make us "swallow things whole." (Kirkus Reviews)
Titolo: Gossip from the Forest
Casa editrice: William Collins Sons & Co Ltd
Data di pubblicazione: 1975
Condizione libro: Very Good
Edizione: 1st Edition
Descrizione libro HarperCollins Distribution Services, 1975. Condizione libro: Good. 0th Edition. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP66266914
Descrizione libro Hardback. Condizione libro: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Codice libro della libreria GOR003950389
Descrizione libro HarperCollins Distribution Services. Condizione libro: Good. Ex-library, so some stamps and wear, but in good overall condition. Codice libro della libreria Z1-X-017-00134
Descrizione libro Collins, London, 1975. Hard Cover. 8vo, First Edition. Book Condition: Good. Very clean interior. Dust Jacket: Good. In protective cover. Not Clipped. Codice libro della libreria 0228525
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Used: Acceptable. 1975 1st edition.ex library so some stamps etc.Good overall condition .has seen some water damage to d/j boards and fly sheet. Sent next working day from the u/k 1st class. Codice libro della libreria 1022F385130
Descrizione libro Collins, London, 1975. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. First Edition. 222 pages. Book and Jacket are both in Very good condition throughout. Keneally Builds Up The Picture Of Tiredrigid Men Bungling Their Way To Catastrophe. This Is Fiction, But It Is Also History Seen Under The Floodlight Of An Artist's Imaginatiion. Codice libro della libreria 090986
Descrizione libro Collins, London & Sydney, 1975. First edition, 1975. Hardback. 222pp. Grey cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Dust jacket. Compiegne, Novenber 1918. The railway carriage waits for old Marshal Foch, Maxime Weygand, Admiral Wemyss and Matthias Erzberger. They meet to draw the war to an end and they talk. They do not understand and the seeds of the next war are sown. Keneally's gift for thinking himself into an alien situation and recreating it with astonishing vividness is remarkably displayed in this tour de force. This is fiction, but it is also history seen under the floodlight of an artist's imagination. Very good condition. A little bumping to upper corners and some light soiling to upper edge of text block. Dust jacket very good. Unclipped. Generally lightly soiled. Small closed tear to upper edge of front. Light edge wear. Jacket in a protective sleeve. Codice libro della libreria 1305378
Descrizione libro Collins, London/Sydney, 1975. Cloth. Condizione libro: Very Good. First Published. Price clipped. Very small piece missing from bootom right of dj. Codice libro della libreria 005220
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: VeryGood. Harcourt, Brace, and Jovanovich 1976 edition. The dust jacket is in mylar. The dust jacket has some wear, with minor nicks and tears on the top and bottom. All items guaranteed, and a portion of each sale supports social programs in Los Angeles. Ships from CA. Codice libro della libreria 2JR89H000538
Descrizione libro Collins, Sydney, 1975. Cloth - Very Good. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good ++. First Edition. To read Gossip from the Forest is to be in the railway carriage in which the armistice to end WW1 was negotiated, as Keneally vividly re-imagines the participants, the surroundings, and the clashes and stresses involved, incl;uding Australia' s presence, ie Billy Hughes. DW - a serious split to backflap and toop of spine has been neatly closed. 222pp Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. Codice libro della libreria 005542