The Amnesia Clinic

The Amnesia Clinic

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Anti and Fabian are best friends and classmates at the Quito International School. Anti (short for Anthony) is the quiet, asthmatic English kid, and Fabian is the char-ismatic and flamboyant local. Anti lives in the dull ex-pat world inhabited by his parents, while Fabian lives with his cool, eccentric Uncle Suarez. Suarez, a storyteller par excel-lence, infects the boys with his passion for outlandish tales. Before long, the relationship between these two fifteen-year-olds becomes one conducted entirely through the medium of storytelling, and they lose sight of the boundaries between fact and fiction. With confused emotions and a tenuous grip on reality, the boys embark on a quixotic voyage across Ecuador in search of an "Amnesia Clinic" that may or may not exist. A complex and beautifully crafted piece of storytelling about storytelling itself, " The Amnesia Clinic "explores how truth can be so very much more fanciful than fact, and how the collision between fantasy and reality can lead to harmful delusions.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 293 pages
  • 147.3 x 208.3 x 35.6mm | 430.92g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0151012652
  • 9780151012657
  • 2,230,382

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When his family moves to Quito, Ecuador, Anti (short for Anthony), a quiet, asthmatic English boy, strikes up a friendship with flamboyant local classmate Fabian. Fabian is everything Anti isn't: handsome, athletic and popular. What's more, he lives with his cool, eccentric Uncle Suarez, while Anti is stuck in the dull ex-pat world inhabited by his parents. Suarez, a storyteller par excellence, infects the boys with his passion for outlandish tales, and before long, the relationship between them becomes one conducted entirely through the medium of storytelling. One subject is taboo: Fabian's parents. But when details surrounding their disappearance begin to emerge, Anti hatches a plan.
With confused emotions and a tenuous grip on reality, the boys embark on a quixotic voyage across Ecuador in search of an "Amnesia Clinic" that may or may not exist. A complex and beautifully crafted piece of storytelling about storytelling itself, " The Amnesia Clinic "explores how truth can be so very much more fanciful than fact, and how the collision between fantasy and reality can lead to devastating delusions.
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""The Amnesia Clinic" is a wonderful debut--witty, polished, fluent and effortlessly entertaining."--Hilary Mantel, author of "Beyond Black
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"This is a rigorously plotted novel masquerading as a picaresque romp, and highly recommended. Scudamore has talent to burn."--"Sunday Telegraph (U.K.)"
""The Amnesia Clinic" is a compulsively readable novel about the seductiveness of storytelling...both his characters and the electrifying manner in which Scudamore writes about Ecuador demonstrates the appeal as well as the danger of any fabulist's capacity for wonder."--"Literary Review (U.K.)"
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PRAISE FOR "THE AMNESIA CLINIC
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""The Amnesia Clinic" is a wonderful debut--witty, polished, fluent and effortlessly entertaining. Warmest congratulations to James Scudamore. I hope it wins prizes."--Hilary Mantel, author of "Beyond Black"
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218 ratings
3.6 out of 5 stars
5 17% (36)
4 43% (93)
3 29% (63)
2 9% (19)
1 3% (7)
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