A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall

A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall : A Novel

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A beautiful and compulsively readable literary debut that introduces Owen Burr--an Olympian whose dreams of greatness are dashed and then transformed by an epic journey--and his father, Professor Joseph Burr, who must travel the world to find his son. After his athletic career ends abruptly, Owen flees the country to become an artist. He lands in Berlin where he meets a group of art monsters living in the Teutonic equivalent of Warhol's Factory. After his son's abrupt disappearance, Burr dusts off his more speculative ideas in a last-ditch effort to command both Owen's and the world's attention. A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall offers a persuasive vision of faith, ambition, art, family, and the myths we write for ourselves.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 379 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 544.31g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062280007
  • 9780062280008
  • 1,141,820

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"Wonderful passages of vivid prose and pungent dialogue occur throughout "A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall," ... The marvelous Iceland chapters -- earthy and ruefully funny, warm yet coolly aware of absurdity -- suggest that [Will Chancellor] is already on his way [to growing up]."--Washington Post
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A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall is an exuberant literary debut--a novel of real ideas and a playful examination of our in-between world, one that explores the nature of family, identity, art, and belief while also marking the introduction of an original new voice in contemporary fiction.

Owen Burr is the six-foot-eight, Olympics-bound senior captain of the Stanford University water polo team. In his final collegiate match, however, he suffers a catastrophic injury that destroys his hopes and dreams, flattening his entire world into two dimensions. His identity as an athlete erased but his ambition indelible, he defies his father, a classics professor who lives in a "cave" of his own making, and moves to Berlin with naive plans to make conceptual art. Then he disappears.

Without a single clue as to his son's location, Dr. Burr embarks upon a tour of public lectures from Greece to Germany to Iceland in an attempt to draw out his endangered son. Instead, he foments a violent uprising.
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Review Text

"I fell in love...remind[s] me of the potential of literature... It is a novel that could only be written by one person, at one particular time...the most 'alive' book I've read this year." John Warner, The Chicago Tribune
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534 ratings
3.44 out of 5 stars
5 17% (93)
4 35% (186)
3 29% (153)
2 13% (72)
1 6% (30)
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