A Possible Life: A Novel in Five Parts

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Hutchinson, 2012 - General fiction - 294 pages
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Terrified, a young prisoner in the Second World War closes his eyes and pictures himself going out to bat on a sunlit cricket ground in Hampshire.

Across the courtyard in a Victorian workhouse, a father is too ashamed to acknowledge his son.

A skinny girl steps out of a Chevy with a guitar; her voice sends shivers through the skull.

Soldiers and lovers, parents and children, scientists and musicians risk their bodies and hearts in search of connection - some key to understanding what makes us the people we become.

Provocative and profound, Sebastian Faulks's dazzling novel journeys across continents and time to explore the chaos created by love, separation and missed opportunities. From the pain and drama of these highly particular lives emerges a mysterious consolation: the chance to feel your heart beat in someone else's life.

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User Review  - pennsylady - LibraryThing

audio 5 historical times...5 places...5 people.... I enjoyed the individual stories....but I failed to grasp it as an esoteric exploration. existential ....collective (descriptions of Faulk's novel ... Read full review

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User Review  - freelancer_frank - LibraryThing

This is a book about confinement. The central characters in each of its five stories are all confined in some way. The stories deal with how they cope with their release. There are some interesting ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Sebastian Faulks is the author of ten novels. They include the UK number one bestseller "A Week in December"; "Human Traces"; "On Green Dolphin Street"; "Charlotte Gray," which was made into a film starring Cate Blanchett; and the classic "Birdsong," which has sold more than three million copies and was recently adapted for television. In 2008, he was invited to write a James Bond novel, "Devil May Care," to mark the centenary of Ian Fleming. In between books he wrote and presented the four-part television series "Faulks on Fiction" for the BBC. He lives in London with his wife and their three children.

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