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A chance meeting on the Fijian island of Taveuni is the trigger for a fascinating and mysterious novel that intertwines the stories of John Spooke, an English author who is grieving for his dead wife; Frank Andersen, a Norwegian evolutionary biologist estranged from his wife Vera; and an enigmatic Spanish couple, Ana and Jose, who are absorbed in their love for each other. Their stories are so strewn with mysteries and illusions that it is hard to say where one ends and the next begins, or if the accounts the characters give of themselves can be believed. Why does Ana bear such a close resemblance to the model for Goya's famous Maja paintings? What is the significance of the Joker as he steps out of his pack of cards? As the action moves from Fiji to Spain, from the present to the past, unfolding further stories within the stories, the novel reveals an astonishing richness and complexity. Maya debates and unravels the questions that give meaning to the lives of the characters - and to our own. At the same time it explores our ideas of the necessity for love.
As bold and imaginative in its sweep as Sophie's World, it shows again that Jostein Gaarder's unique and special gift is to make us wonder at the awe-inspiring mystery of the universe.
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Product details

  • Audio cassette
  • 110 x 140 x 16mm | 126g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • Pack
  • 0752838547
  • 9780752838540

About Jostein Gaarder

Jostein Gaarder was born in 1952. He taught philosophy in high schools for some years before becoming a full-time writer. He shot to fame with Sophie's World which has now been published in over 50 countries and has sold over 16 million copies round the world. John Sessions is an actor and impressionist who has appeared in numerous television productions, including Titus Groan, Gormenghast, Boswell and Johnsons Western Isles, Porter House Blue and Whose Line is it Anyway? He has appeared extensively in the West End including such plays as Tartuffe, Common Pursuit and My Night with Reg, soon to be released as a feature. His film credits include Princess Cariboo, Henry V and In the Bleak Midwinter. Original TV work: Stella Street, Grumpy Old Men, Some Enchanted Evening, Tall Tales and Likely Stories. Original theatre work includes Life of Napoleon, Travelling Tails and most recently Paint Said Fred at the Royal Academy of Art.
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4,085 ratings
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4 33% (1,354)
3 31% (1,251)
2 11% (458)
1 3% (123)
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