A Curious Earth

A Curious Earth

Book - 2007
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In the heartbreakingly funny follow-up to the Booker Prize shortlisted I’ll Go to Bed at Noon, Aldous Jones is an old man whose wife has died, his children have left home, but he still wants to live life to the full.

Presents the story of an old man whose wife has died, whose children have left home, but who still wants to live life to the full. This novel presents the small details of domestic life whilst showing us human nature in all its many guises.

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: London : Chatto & Windus, 2007
ISBN: 9780701179083
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 23 cm

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