As a Friend (Paperback)

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Forrest Gander's emotionally shattering novel depicts the experience of loss through the eyes of three different characters (one of whom is the deceased himself). It took Gander twenty years to write this book and it therefore comes as no surprise that every single line of this brief masterpiece is exquisitely pained, caustic, about to burst into flame

— Max

"Forrest Gander's emotionally shattering novel depicts the experience of loss through the eyes of three different characters (one of whom is the deceased himself). It took Gander twenty years to write this book and it therefore comes as no surprise that every single line of this brief masterpiece is exquisitely pained, caustic, about to burst into flame." - Max

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"Heroism is a secondary virtue," Albert Camus noted, "but friendship is primary." In his gem-like first novel, Forrest Gander writes of friendship, envy, and eros as a harmonic of charged overtones. Set in a rural southern landscape as vivid as its indelible characters, As a Friend tells the story of Les, a gifted man and land surveyor, whose impact on those around him (his friend Clay, his girlfriend Sarah) provokes intense self-examination and an atmosphere of dangerous eroticism. With poetic insight, Gander explores the nature of attraction, betrayal, and loyalty. What he achieves is brilliant in style and powerfully unsettling.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811217453
ISBN-10: 0811217450
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: September 1st, 2008
Pages: 106
Language: English
Series: New Directions Books