The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

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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.
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9781590176115
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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scottcoughlin
Apr 22, 2017

One of my top three books of all time. I love Ebenezer.

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wyenotgo
Feb 20, 2017

A most unusual and enjoyable book, even though for well over half its length is can be slow going if you find local color and village gossip hard to take. But I can assure any reader that it's worth the time it will take. I found I simply had to marinate in it, go with the flow and let it take its meandering course. Ebenezer Le Page is a wonderful character, and he is a great deal more than just a curmudgeon who has lived far too long and is saddened by the changes that have beset his island home. He is at heart a romantic who longs for a better fate not for himself but for those whom he has loved -- his boyhood friend Jim, his sister Tabitha, his deeply troubled nephew Raymond and most of all his beloved Liza, to whom he remains true all his life despite her refusal to marry him. This is very much a story about place and about the effect of the passage of time and the intrusion of the outer world upon that place and its people. The plot is a circular one, reflecting the circle of life as experienced by the narrator. And perhaps best of all is that narrator's wonderful voice, his unwavering vernacular, his inclusion of the unique Guernsey patois, the deceptively simple style. Definitely 5 stars!

multcolib_central Jul 11, 2014

This book has one of the greatest narrator in literature ever. I was enthralled by this well written story and was more than reluctant to see it end. There is just so much wisdom, deep insight, and humor in these pages.

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alwinr
Jun 05, 2013

"I reckon it is up to us to treat each other better than the Lord do, and teach Him a lesson."

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