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The Laments | Paperback

Released on 23 May 2005

Author: George Hagen | Format: Paperback

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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP meets AMERICAN BEAUTY in this dazzling first novel, a tragi-comedy about family life, love and identity that spans several decades and three continents When Howard and Julia Lament adopt Will, a baby secretly switched at birth in a bizarre hospital debacle, the Laments begin a journey which takes them from Northern Rhodesia to the Persian Gulf, England and suburban America, as they search for their place in the world. Howard is an engineer and dreamer, who studies the conveyance of liquids through valves. Julia is woman of fiery spirit and a passion for Shakespeare, who is constantly called upon to reinvent her family's life and her own. Will's twin brothers, Marcus and Julius, force Will to question his place in the family, and Will struggles to find a sense of his own identity through the characters he meets en route - from Ruth, his first love in Africa, who carries around a biscuit tin lid to admire her reflection to Dawn Snedecker, the lisping intellectual who breaks his heart in America.Through the Laments' restlessness, their responses to adversity, and especially their unwieldy love for one another, George Hagen draws a picture of every family that is funny, tragic, hopeful and true.

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 A fun and light-hearted read - I loved it!

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Easy to read and really enjoyable. A story about family life and falling in love - experience the highs and lows of a crazy family who can't stop moving continents.

 a long trip and a great read

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This is one of the most surprising books I have read in a long time. Add to the mix: a well-paced plot that keeps you on your toes and takes you on far-away travels, evocative descriptions, unusual yet oten likeable characters and a mixed bag of emotions sprinkled with a gsoh. definitely a very satifying read I highly recommend!

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AuthorGeorge Hagen
PublisherHodder & Stoughton General Division (United Kingdom)
Year2005
ISBN9780340832745
FormatPaperback - 384 Pages