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Hearing Voices by A. N. Wilson
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Hearing Voices (edition 1996)

by A. N. Wilson (Author)

Series: The Lampitt Papers (No. 4)

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"In this delightful novel, part mystery and part comedy of manners, A. N. Wilson continues the strange tale of Julian Ramsay, chronicler of that distinguished literary family, the Lampitts." "The story opens in the mid-1960s on a note of gruesome drama, as an aged man is pushed to his death from a Manhattan skyscraper. The victim is the fabulously wealthy Virgil D. Everett, pharmaceutical tycoon, lawyer, political activist, and collector of the manuscripts known as the Lampitt Papers. Does Everett's murder have anything to do with his ownership of these papers?" "Over thirty years later, actor and Lampitt biographer Julian Ramsay finds himself in New York with his "One Man Show" about Lampitt's life and experiences. Ramsay's recollections take us on a fascinating journey back to the late 196Os, encompassing America, England, and Italy at a time of groundbreaking scientific research and intense theological debate. It is a journey that may reveal the secret to Everett's death and, ultimately, the true content of the Lampitt Papers."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)
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Info:W W Norton & Co Inc (1996), Edition: First Edition, 214 pages
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Wilson's always trenchant comments on the art of writing, the social comedy of the British class system, the effects of memory and the workings of the Church are stimulating in themselves, even when the plot slows to accommodate flashbacks to the earlier stories.
 

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"You!" The old man was about to die, and he knew it.
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The dying have more cause to pity us than we to pity them. They have no grief ahead of them.
`Shall we have desserts?'
Father Linus peered very hard at his napkin while this request was made, as if torn between an unwillingess to sit at a table where such an expression was used, and a simple hunger for pudding. ... no Mount-Smith would have naturally used the word *dessert*, unless of course referring to port and Sauternes and nuts at Peterhouse or All Souls.
The publisher's eccentric decision to publish the book in the quiet week just after Xmas had paid dividends, in terms of lavish reviewing space being devoted to the volume. I suspect that the size of the book deterred most of the reviewers; it being an almost sure way of avoiding censure, to write books which can not conveniently be read in the week or so which reviewers would normally allow themselves for their task. Few writers dare to condemn what they have not read.
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"In this delightful novel, part mystery and part comedy of manners, A. N. Wilson continues the strange tale of Julian Ramsay, chronicler of that distinguished literary family, the Lampitts." "The story opens in the mid-1960s on a note of gruesome drama, as an aged man is pushed to his death from a Manhattan skyscraper. The victim is the fabulously wealthy Virgil D. Everett, pharmaceutical tycoon, lawyer, political activist, and collector of the manuscripts known as the Lampitt Papers. Does Everett's murder have anything to do with his ownership of these papers?" "Over thirty years later, actor and Lampitt biographer Julian Ramsay finds himself in New York with his "One Man Show" about Lampitt's life and experiences. Ramsay's recollections take us on a fascinating journey back to the late 196Os, encompassing America, England, and Italy at a time of groundbreaking scientific research and intense theological debate. It is a journey that may reveal the secret to Everett's death and, ultimately, the true content of the Lampitt Papers."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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