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Chess Garden (edition 1996)

by Brooks Hansen

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Title:Chess Garden
Authors:Brooks Hansen
Info:Riverhead Trade (1996), Edition: 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed, Paperback, 480 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:Book Club, South Africa

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In Ohio at the turn of this century, the wife of Dr Uyterhoeven receives a series of strange letters from her husband, who reports being shipwrecked on his way to South Africa, and landing in a fantastical country inhabited by chess pieces, dominoes and dice.

Intercut with these letters, the story of his life unfolds: his youth and marriage in Holland, his troubled scientific career in Berlin, the genesis of his unusual philosophy and of the chess garden. History and allegory are expertly interwoven in this tale of spiritual progress, a novel of dazzling imagination.

A wonderfully bewitching compendium of stories told in a lucid prose that is free of any stylistic gimmickry. A highly absorbing and endlessly inventive antipodean adventure.




*note to self. Copy from A. ( )
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
This book is why I read. Bought a copy and sent it to my Dad in Florida.

I remember reading this in the lobby of a run down hotel while under house arrest in the Bahamas while waiting for my work visa to come in. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Oct 3, 2011 |
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