A Curious Earth

A Curious Earth

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Mesmerized by Rembrandt's portrait of his housekeeper-turned-mistress, grieving widower Aldous Jones experiences a renewed desire for life that prompts a journey to Belgium, where he reconnects with his bohemian son and forges new relationships during evening language classes. By the author of I'll Go to Bed at Noon. Original. 10,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
Left with an empty house after the death of his wife, Aldous Jones is tempted to spend the whole day sitting in his chair in the kitchen. But with admirable determination he resumes old pastimes until, one day, wandering London, he is surprised to find a painting that holds him completely in its spell. Rembrandt's portrait of his housekeeper-turned-mistress, Hendrijcke Stoffels, awakens Jones's desire for a new life, a new woman, sex, and companionship. It leads him to Belgium to stay with his bohemian son, to evening language classes, and through a series of slightly misguided relationships until eventually he meets his Hendrijcke. As The Guardian writes, this work is "brave, funny, and beautifully written, as perceptive about Rembrandt and Shakespeare as it is about evening classes, potato tubers sprouting in neglected cupboards and the accumulated detritus of family life."
In this successor to his Man Booker Prize finalist, Gerard Woodward slyly pits defiant Aldous Jones against the hazards of aging.

Blackwell North Amer
Left with an empty house after the death of his wife, Aldous Jones is tempted to spend the whole day sitting in his chair in the kitchen watching the potato tubers grow. But with admirable determination, he resumes old pastimes until one day, wandering London, he is surprised to find a painting that holds him completely in its spell. Rembrandt's portrait of his housekeeper-turned-mistress, Hendrijcke Stoffels, awakens Aldous's desire for a new life, a new woman, sex, and companionship. It leads him to Belgium to stay with his bohemian son, to evening language classes, and through a series of slightly misguided relationships until eventually he meets his Hendrijcke.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2008
ISBN: 9780393330977
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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