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The Book of Ebenezer Le Page af G.B. Edwards
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The Book of Ebenezer Le Page (original 1981; udgave 2007)

af G.B. Edwards, John Fowles (Introduktion)

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Ebenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated, and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late twentieth century. Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between the coasts of England and France yet a world apart from either. Ebenezer himself is fiercely independent, but as he reaches the end of his life he is determined to tell his own story and the stories of those he has known. He writes of family secrets and feuds, unforgettable friendships and friendships betrayed, love glimpsed and lost. The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is a beautifully detailed chronicle of a life, but it is equally an oblique reckoning with the traumas of the twentieth century, as Ebenezer recalls both the men lost to the Great War and the German Occupation of Guernsey during World War II, and looks with despair at the encroachments of commerce and tourism on his beloved island. G. B. Edwards labored in obscurity all his life and completed The Book of Ebenezer Le Page shortly before his death. Published posthumously, the book is a triumph of the storyteller's art that conjures up the extraordinary voice of a living man.… (mere)
Medlem:inkforest
Titel:The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
Forfattere:G.B. Edwards
Andre forfattere:John Fowles (Introduktion)
Info:NYRB Classics (2007), Paperback, 432 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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The Book of Ebenezer Le Page af G. B. Edwards (1981)

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    The Toilers of the Sea af Victor Hugo (Widsith)
    Widsith: Two sprawling tales of Guernsey life, one from the great French Romantic master and one from a neo-Romantic native Guernseyman.
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This is like nothing else I've ever read. The solitary, curmudgeonly old Ebenezer le Page looks back on his life in Guernsey...World War I; the halcyon years before tourism; the German occupation- slave labor and starvation...and then the modern world. Edwards writes in colloquial language- Le Page is just an agricultural worke- yet the characters are so BRILLIANTLY described, that the reader feels he largely "gets" them....even the intensely complex Raymond, who struggles with religion, love and his sexuality...
There are some pretty horrendous marriages; there is pure platonic friendship of the highest order....it's long, it meanders, but you can't put it down.
How could it end? I wondered. There didnt seem any possible kind of resolution. The end is the best bit....
Utterly superb. ( )
  starbox | Jan 31, 2021 |
It doesn't happen very often, but every now and again you come across writing that is so unexpectedly honest, true and life affirming that it feels like it leaves a permanent stamp on your soul.

Written as a three-part fictional (or was it???) memoir, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is like nothing I've read before. Written in the timbre of the anglicised Guernsey patois, this is a novel of enormous heart which leaves the reader with a firm reminder of the extraordinary specialness of an ordinary life.

The first line of the blurb on the jacket calls our narrator Ebenezer 'cantankerous', which had been putting me off picking it up for a long while. I expected a book with a spiky, unlikeable narrator who would spew endless vitriol and complaints. Instead, however, I found him to be a wonderfully forthright but steadfast character, quietly capable of immense depths of love and compassion.

This is not a book with shouty plot moments clambering for attention, but rather it sews together the tapestry of memories and relationships and people that make up the story of a long life and ultimately shape the person whose life it is.

At times in the first half of the book I got muddled on the characters and I found it needed my close attention to keep up with it. I also wasn't mad about this NYRB edition, which was printed with narrow line spacing in a small font which seemed to slow my reading speed per page right down. Despite that, it would be criminal of me to give this novel anything less than 5 stars.

G.B. Edwards' writing was nothing short of genius, and it's desperately sad that this was the only book he left us with. But then again, perhaps it's just perfect that this hugely reclusive and private man should, like the wonderful Ebenezer, leave us with this glorious swan song to enjoy once he was long gone.

5 stars - a very, very special novel. ( )
2 stem AlisonY | Nov 15, 2020 |
I spent about a week reading this book, and I was sorry to come to the end of it. I was completely absorbed by and caught up in THE BOOK OF EBENEZER LE PAGE, which was G.B. Edward's only book, and was not published until a few years after his death. Ebenezer's plain and unadorned story of his life, all lived on the British Channel isle of Guernsey, encompasses both World Wars and up into the 1960s and the commercialization of the tiny island, and is told in the mixed English-French patois of a Guernsey man. (A useful glossary is provided.) Looking back on his life, Ebenezer, a lifelong bachelor, tells of his closest friendships (some with homoerotic overtones), his various experiences with women and the one great love of his life, his enduring close ties to his mother and sister, and more. A "grower" by profession, he owns his own greenhouse, where he slowly amassed a small fortune in gold sovereigns, which he buries during the Second World War, to hide it from the occupying Germans. (Guernsey was the only part of Britain to be occupied by the Germans.) Ebenezer has much to tell too about friends and multiple cousins, close and distant, on an island small enough to make almost everyone relatives by blood or marriage. He tells of dear friends and relatives lost in the Great War, and the hunger, cruelties and privations endured under German occupation during the Second War. And, finally, of the loneliness of his last years as he reaches out for connections, trying to find meaning in his long life.

Footnote: I was one of those rare students who enjoyed George Eliot's SILAS MARNER, assigned reading in high school, nearly sixty years ago now, and I thought about Silas and his gold as I made my way through Ebenezer's story, because a lot of interesting parallels could be drawn between the two books. I thought too of TOM WEDDERBURN'S LIFE, an obscure, self-published novel by Theodore Judson, a Wyoming school teacher better known for his sci-fi nvels. It's a book I loved and try to promote at every opportunity. Both Tom and Ebenezer expressed doubt that anyone would ever read their stories. And yet one more book that came to mind as I read Ebenezer's story was Australian A.B. Facey's classic outback memoir, A FORTUNATE LIFE. Loved that one too.

But enough, I suppose. But hey, I should also thank author/bookman James Mustich, whose extraordinary book, 1,000 BOOKS TO READ BEFORE YOU DIE, alerted me to this G.B. Edwards classic. THE BOOK OF EBENEZER LE PAGE is just so damn GOOD! Read this book! My very highest recommendation.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER ( )
  TimBazzett | Mar 6, 2020 |
stopped at about a third, after having finished part one. the book lacks structure and meanders on without a clear line or plot. it is more of a diary than a novel, entertaining for a while, but too monotonous in the end. ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
Ebenezer describes his island world of Guernsey. Hah. He would love that understatement. Its hard to describe the gentle tug of this book. It seems like just chatter and small talk as he muses on his life including the impacts of the First and Second World Wars on an insular community. He is only providing the daily details of a single life but they pull you into a rich story with much to say about being human and being part of a community. Ebenezer is odd, crotchety, sweet, loving, lonely, kind, sedate and then violent. He is utterly genuine. ( )
  77nanci | Nov 30, 2016 |
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IN his introduction to this posthumous novel by a writer hitherto unknown, John Fowles says, ''There may have been stranger recent literary events than the book you are about to read, but I rather doubt it.'' Gerald Basil Edwards (1899-1976) finished this book in 1974, only to have it turned down - incredibly -by publisher after publisher. Yet ''The Book of Ebenezer Le Page'' is one of the best novels of our time.
tilføjet af SimoneA | RedigerNew York Times, Guy Davenport (Apr 19, 1981)
 

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Ebenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated, and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late twentieth century. Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between the coasts of England and France yet a world apart from either. Ebenezer himself is fiercely independent, but as he reaches the end of his life he is determined to tell his own story and the stories of those he has known. He writes of family secrets and feuds, unforgettable friendships and friendships betrayed, love glimpsed and lost. The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is a beautifully detailed chronicle of a life, but it is equally an oblique reckoning with the traumas of the twentieth century, as Ebenezer recalls both the men lost to the Great War and the German Occupation of Guernsey during World War II, and looks with despair at the encroachments of commerce and tourism on his beloved island. G. B. Edwards labored in obscurity all his life and completed The Book of Ebenezer Le Page shortly before his death. Published posthumously, the book is a triumph of the storyteller's art that conjures up the extraordinary voice of a living man.

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