Linger Awhile

Linger Awhile

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When Irving Goodman falls in love with Justine Trimble, he is close to the end of his life and she's been dead for forty-seven years. Irving doesn't know how he's going to attain his heart's desire but he knows a man who does. Justine was a star of 1950s black-and-white westerns, an expert horsewoman much admired for her seat, and when Istvan Fallok, a wizard of high technology, sees her in Irving's video of "Last Stage to El Paso", he hi-techs Justine out of the videotape and into present-day Soho - in black-and-white. It's amazing what you can do with magnetised particles in a suspension of disbelief. As any reader of Bram Stoker will know, blood is the (full-colour) life. Istvan is Justine's first donor but in order not to be walking around in black-and-white, she has to be topped up now and then by Irving and his friends and the odd passer-by. Not surprisingly, the curiosity of the police is soon aroused. Things become a little complicated when Grace Kowalski brings a Justine Two into the picture. Where will this all end? Linger awhile and find out.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 20mm | 222.26g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747579849
  • 9780747579847
  • 1,772,292

About Russell Hoban

Russell Hoban is the author of many extraordinary novels including Turtle Diary, Riddley Walker, Amaryllis Night and Day, The Bat Tattoo, Her Name Was Lola and, most recently, Come Dance With Me. He has also written some classic books for children including The Mouse and his Child and the Frances books. He lives in London.show more

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'Hoban's writing is always a delight - exhilarating and inventive a treat to read' Daily Mail 'Russell Hoban is a maverick voice like no other. He can take themes that seem too devastating for contemplation and turn them into allegories in which wry, sad humour is married to quite extraordinary powers of imagery and linguistic fertility' Sunday Telegraph 'Russell Hoban is the most original novelist that we have' The Times 'Hoban remains a magnificently angry, unashamedly dirty old man, whose surreal vigour shows no signs of giving out yet. Trust him, he's a weirdo' Guardianshow more

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157 ratings
3.38 out of 5 stars
5 10% (16)
4 32% (51)
3 46% (73)
2 7% (11)
1 4% (6)
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