Lost for Words

Lost for Words

Book - 2014 | First American edition
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"Edward St. Aubyn is "great at dissecting an entire social world" (Michael Chabon, Los Angeles Times) Edward St. Aubyn's Patrick Melrose novels were some of the most celebrated works of fiction of the past decade. Ecstatic praise came from a wide range of admirers, from literary superstars such as Zadie Smith, Francine Prose, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Michael Chabon to pop-culture icons such as Anthony Bourdain and January Jones. Now St. Aubyn returns with a hilariously smart send-up of a certain major British literary award. The judges on the panel of the Elysian Prize for Literature must get through hundreds of submissions to find the best book of the year. Meanwhile, a host of writers are desperate for Elysian attention: the brilliant writer and serial heartbreaker Katherine Burns; the lovelorn debut novelist Sam Black; and Bunjee, convinced that his magnum opus, The Mulberry Elephant, will take the literary world by storm. Things go terribly wrong when Katherine's publisher accidentally submits a cookery book in place of her novel; one of the judges finds himself in the middle of a scandal; and Bunjee, aghast to learn his book isn't on the short list, seeks revenge. Lost for Words is a witty, fabulously entertaining satire that cuts to the quick of some of the deepest questions about the place of art in our celebrity-obsessed culture, and asks how we can ever hope to recognize real talent when everyone has an agenda"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781250069214
Branch Call Number: F SAINT-E
Characteristics: 261 pages ; 22 cm


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Bunny_Watson716 Dec 02, 2015

A light funny send-up of the world of literary prizes. Nothing too serious.

Dec 03, 2014

Witty characterization could not save this strange, haphazard story.

Sep 25, 2014

A fun read about a fictional literary award and the motley collection of judges, publishers and authors competing and conspiring for the honours. I was a bit disappointed and gave this three stars partly because St. Aubyn's other novels - especially the Patrick Melrose books - are so exceptional. Those books are difficult to read because of some of their subject matter, but amazing writing.

ser_library Jul 29, 2014

the joke paled after 50 pages

bdemian Jun 12, 2014

Hilarious and smart; biting satire of an incestuous literary scene, but with a big heart. An absolute delight.

Jun 11, 2014

'Lost for words he isn't'. Edward St Aubyn has written a brilliant send-up of the whole world of literary prizes .Absolutely hilarious.


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