Pilcrow

Pilcrow

Novel

Book - 2008
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Growing up disabled and gay in the 1950s, circumstances force John Cromer from an early age to develop an intense and vivid internal world. As his character develops, this ability to transcend external circumstance through his own strength of character proves invaluable.
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 2008.
ISBN: 9780571217038
0571217036
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 525 p. ;,25 cm.

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stewaroby Apr 19, 2011

If you're in the mood for a 525 page book that seems to unfold in real time, this is the one for you. John Cromer is the hero, growing up in 1950s Britain with health problems that are definitively misdiagnosed. Bed rest and no stimulation are prescribed when rigorous exercise was the ticket an... Read More »


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stewaroby Apr 19, 2011

If you're in the mood for a 525 page book that seems to unfold in real time, this is the one for you. John Cromer is the hero, growing up in 1950s Britain with health problems that are definitively misdiagnosed. Bed rest and no stimulation are prescribed when rigorous exercise was the ticket and the result is that John is left barely able to move. A life lived almost entirely in the mind has been described before in literature and this does bear comparison with Proust,(or at least the two books I've read) especailly in the desription of physical sensations. This summary of the plot sounds unpromising but this is an engrossing story and John is a truly memorable character. A pilcrow is the mark used in typography that denotes a paragraph in case you're wondering. Cedilla is the sequel, but at 733 pages that may have to wait a while.

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