Larry's Party

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Fourth Estate, 1998 - Domestic fiction, Canadian - 339 pages
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The Orange Prize-winning novel of Larry Weller, a man who discovers the passion of his life in the ordered riotousness of Hampton Court's Maze. Larry and his naive young wife, Dorrie, spend their honeymoon in England. At Hampton Court Larry discovers a new passion. Perhaps his ever-growing obsession with mazes may help him find a way through the bewilderment deepening about him as -- through twenty years and two failed marriages -- he endeavours to understand his own needs. And those of friends, parents, lovers, a growing son. In LARRY'S PARTY Carol Shields presents an ironic odyssey through the life of modern man, from the late seventies through to 1997. The mundane is made magnificent by a perception which finds the drama in life's detail -- poignant, peculiar, or simply absurd.

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User Review  - mirrani - LibraryThing

You can say there is a lot of symbolism in this book. Larry, who is a florist at first, discovers the art of the hedge maze on his honeymoon and from there finds that it becomes a large part of his ... Read full review

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User Review  - LynleyS - LibraryThing

Someone asked on a writing forum lately for examples of books with ordinary protagonists -- characters who are interesting to read about despite having nothing unusual about them at all. Well, this ... Read full review


chapter two Larrys Love 1918
chapter three Larrys Folks 1980
chapter four Larrys Work 1981

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Carol Shields is American born, spent three years in Manchester in the 60s, but now lives in Canada. Married with five children. Her first novel was published in 1990.

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