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Heroes of the Frontier

por Eggers, Dave
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Eggers, Dave Heroes of the Frontier
Eggers, Dave - Heroes of the Frontier

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"A picaresque adventure and spiritual coming-of-age tale - On the Road crossed with Henderson the Rain King… Deeply affecting." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Longlisted for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
A captivating, often hilarious novel of family and wilderness from the bestselling author of The Circle, this is a powerful examination of our contemporary life and a rousing story of adventure.
Josie and her children's father have split up, she's been sued by a former patient and lost her dental practice, and she's grieving the death of a young man senselessly killed. When her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancée's family, Josie makes a run for it, figuring Alaska is about as far as she can get without a passport. Josie and her kids, Paul and Ana, rent a rattling old RV named the Chateau, and at first their trip feels like a vacation: They see bears and bison, they eat hot dogs cooked on a bonfire, and they spend nights parked along icy cold rivers in dark forests. But as they drive, pushed north by the ubiquitous wildfires, Josie is chased by enemies both real and imagined, past mistakes pursuing her tiny family, even to the very edge of civilization.
A tremendous new novel from the best-selling author of The Circle, Heroes of the Frontier is the darkly comic story of a mother and her two young children on a journey through an Alaskan wilderness plagued by wildfires and a uniquely American madness.

Colaboradores

Autor:
Eggers, Dave

Detalles de producto

Biografía del artista:
DAVE EGGERS is the author of ten books, including the national best sellers The Circle and A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. He is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco. Eggers is the cofounder of 826 National, a network of eight tutoring centers around the country, and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools, and donors to make college possible. He lives in Northern California with his family.
Revisado:
Among his bestselling literary fiction peers, Dave Eggers alone is engaged in a sustained effort to write about contemporary America. He s been going at it so regularly, and so swiftly, that he s keeping pace with the times, if not getting a half-step ahead When Eggers draws the present into his fiction, it s there not just as window dressing or setting; it tells us something about ourselves Heroes gives us a woman who s at the end of her rope, in a place of salvation without the wherewithal to seek it, as its promise goes up in flames.
Carolyn Kellogg, The Los Angeles Times  
 
This is a novel about America, about what forces people to leave the lower 48 to seek refuge in a forbidding, unpeopled landscape Eggers renders it with such passion and good humour, and describes the land of mountains and light in such stirring, lustrous prose There is a feeling of utopianism about the novel, a sense that, in Alaska, some original American dream slumbers just beneath the ice Heroes of the Frontier acts on the reader like a breath of Alaskan air, cleansing the spirit and lifting the heart.
Alex Preston, The Guardian (U.K)
 
The phenomenally productive Eggers has talent to spare In his books he has revealed a remarkable aptitude for inhabiting otherness and illuminating the world s darker corners Heroes of the Frontier again offers complex, believable characters Entertains, often spectacularly.
Barbara Kingsolver, The New York Times Book Review
 
Captivating . Part adventure, part social critique, the book is occasionally harrowing and often very funny As Eggers takes Josie through wildfires, avalanches, lightning strikes and narrow escapes from the long arm of the law, he suggests there's something a little heroic in all of us. Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News
 
Eggers, writing with exuberant imagination, incandescent precision, and breathless propulsion, casts divining light on human folly and generosity and the glories and terror of nature. This uproarious quest, this breathless journey from lost to found, this delirious American road-trip saga, is fueled by uncanny insight, revolutionary humor, and profound pleasure in the absurd and the sublime.
Donna Seaman, Booklist (Starred Review)
Idioma:
Inglés
Extracto:
Chapter 1
 
There is proud happiness, happiness born of doing good work in the light of day, years of worthwhile labor, and afterward being tired, and content, and surrounded by family and friends, bathed in satisfaction and ready for a deserved rest sleep or death, it would not matter.
 
Then there is the happiness of one s personal slum. The happiness of being alone, and tipsy on red wine, in the passenger seat of an ancient recreational vehicle parked somewhere in Alaska s deep south, staring into a scribble of black trees, afraid to go to sleep for fear that at any moment someone will get past the toy lock on the RV door and murder you and your two small children sleeping above.
 
Josie squinted into the low light of a long summer evening at a rest stop in southern Alaska. She was happy this night, with her pinot, in this RV in the dark, surrounded by unknown woods, and became less afraid with every new sip from her yellow plastic cup. She was content, though she knew this was a fleeting and artificial contentment, she knew this was all wrong she should not be in Alaska, not like this. She had been a dentist and was no father of her children, an invertebrate, a loose-boweled man named Carl, a man who had told Josie marriage-by-documentation was a sham, the paper superfluous and reductive, had, eighteen months after he d moved out, found a different woman to marry him. He d met and now was, improbably, impossibly, marrying some other person, a person from Florida. It was happening in September, and Josie was fully justified in leaving, in disappearing until it was all over. Carl had no idea she had taken the children out of Ohio. Almost out of North America. And he could not know. And what could better grant her invisibility than this, a rolling home, no fixed address, a white RV in a state with a million other wayward travelers, all of them in white RVs? No one could ever find her. She d contemplated leaving the country altogether, but Ana didn t have a passport and Carl was needed to get one, so that option was out. Alaska was at once the same country but another country, was almost Russia, was almost oblivion, and if Josie left her phone and used only cash she d brought three thousand dollars in the kind of velvet bag meant to hold gold coins or magic beans she was untraceable, untrackable. And she d been a Girl Scout. She could tie a knot, gut a fish, start a fire. Alaska did not daunt her.
 
She and the kids had landed in Anchorage earlier that day, a grey day without promise or beauty, but the moment she d stepped off the plane she found herself inspired. Okay guys! she d said to her exhausted, hungry children. They had never expressed any interest in Alaska, and now here they were. Here we are! she d said, and she d done a celebratory little march. Neither child smiled. 
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Número de páginas:
400
Tipo de medio:
Tapa dura
Editorial:
Penguin Random House

Datos base

Tipo de producto:
Libro encuadernado
Fecha de aparición:
26 de julio de 2016
Dimensiones del paquete:
0.218 x 0.152 x 0.038 m; 0.816 kg
GTIN:
09780451493804
DUIN:
VS93LS7070H
32,91 €
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