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The Book of Strange New Things

Nominiert: International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award 2016, Ausgezeichnet: Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year 2015, Nominiert: The Arthur C. Clarke Award 2015, Ausgezeichnet: Saltire Society Scottish Fiction Book of the Year 2015

Michel Faber

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OASIS, an Amazon Original Series, coming in 2017

'I am with you always, even unto the end of the world . . .'

Peter Leigh is a missionary called to go on the journey of a lifetime. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Bea, Peter sets out on a quest to take the word of God to the farthest corners of the galaxy. His mission will challenge everything - his faith, his endurance and the love that can hold two people together, even when they are worlds apart.

This book has been printed with two different cover designs. We are unable to accept requests for a specific cover. The different covers will be assigned to orders at random.

Michel Faber's second masterpiece, quite different to The Crimson Petal and The White but every bit as luminescent and memorable. It is a portrait of a living, breathing relationship, frayed by distance. It is an enquiry into the mountains faith can move and the mountains faith can't move. It is maniacally gripping DAVID MITCHELL

Michel Faber has written nine books. In addition to the Whitbread-shortlisted Under the Skin, he is the author of the highly acclaimed The Crimson Petal and the White, The Book of Strange New Things, which was shortlisted for the Arthur C, Clarke Award and won the 2015 Saltire Book of the Year, and most recently Undying, his first poetry collection. Born in Holland, brought up in Australia, he now lives in the UK.

Michel Faber has written nine other books. In addition to the Whitbread-shortlisted Under the Skin, he is the author of the highly acclaimed The Crimson Petal and the White, The Fire Gospel and The Fahrenheit Twins. He has also produced a poetry collection, Undying: A Love Story, two novellas, The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps and The Courage Consort, and has won several short-story awards, including the Neil Gunn, Ian St James and Macallan. In 2017, The Book of Strange New Things will be adapted into Amazon Original Series Oasis. Born in Holland, brought up in Australia, he now lives in the UK.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 592
Erscheinungsdatum 01.08.2015
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-78211-408-6
Verlag Canongate Books Ltd.
Maße (L/B/H) 19.6/12.8/4 cm
Gewicht 400 g

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Peter Leigh has been selected, chosen to go on a trip to another galaxy and to explore the beings there. For the missionary this is not only a very interesting expedition, but also a way to earn money of which he and his wife are in desperate need. Bea remains at home and takes care of their cat Joshua while Peter is on his trip... Peter Leigh has been selected, chosen to go on a trip to another galaxy and to explore the beings there. For the missionary this is not only a very interesting expedition, but also a way to earn money of which he and his wife are in desperate need. Bea remains at home and takes care of their cat Joshua while Peter is on his trip with USIC, a rather odd and ominous company. Yet, after he has settled in his new environment and got used to strange things like greenish water, Peter soon finds out that there is some exploration to be done and when he encounters for the first time the friendly native people, he is fully encompassed in this new world – while in the old world, things slowly fall apart. “The Book of Strange New Things” is a very peculiar story which cleverly crosses genre types and again and again can surprise you. The protagonist Peter – a well chosen name for a Christian missionary with a mission – is a lovable character, albeit a bit naive. Yet, maybe this is the reason why he can easily get in touch with the indigenous population and enquire them without prejudice. Through his child-like eyes we can get to know this weird culture which Faber has fully developed (although I could have done without the part of the dying mother). Apart from this, the second interesting story line is Peter and Bea’s relationship which suffers from the separation and what Bea has to endure at home. Faber surely put a big effort in designing the strange new world, yet, what he makes of the old planet earth is also very remarkable, especially since this is not far-fetched and unrealistic but all to believable. There was just one single aspect which makes me award four and not five stars: the book, especially towards the end became a bit foreseeable and repetitive, I had some difficulties sticking with the story, a bit less would have been perfect here.

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