Seven Types of Ambiguity

Seven Types of Ambiguity

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Description

At once a psychological thriller and a social critique, Seven Types of Ambiguity is a novel of obsessive love in an age of obsessive materialism.

Following years of unrequited love, an out-of-work schoolteacher decides to take matters into his own hands, triggering a chain of events no one could have anticipated.

This is a story of impulse and paralysis, of empty marriages, lovers and a small boy, gambling and the market, of adult children and their parents, of poetry and prostitution, psychiatry and the law.

Published to huge acclaim in the author's native Australia, Seven Types of Ambiguity was hailed as 'a tour de force' (The Age) and described as 'Perlman's achingly humane, richly layered and seamlessly constructed masterpiece' (Canberra Times).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 127 x 196 x 37mm | 400g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 9780571207220
  • 26,344

Review quote

"'A complex and perfectly nuanced study of idealised love turned sour.' Daily Mail; 'Perlman's novel is a colossal achievement' Observer; 'Seven Types of Ambiguity shows Elliot Perlman to be Australia's outstanding social novelist' TLS"
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About Elliot Perlman

Elliot Perlmanis the acclaimed author of a collection of short stories and two novels,Three Dollars, the film adaptation of which was released in 2005, andSeven Types of Ambiguity, which was a 'New York Times Notable Book' and a national bestseller in France, where it was described 'one of the best novels of recent years, a complete success'(Le Monde). A barrister, he lived in New York for many years and currently lives in Melbourne.
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Rating details

4,779 ratings
4.01 out of 5 stars
5 38% (1,795)
4 36% (1,727)
3 18% (863)
2 6% (285)
1 2% (109)

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This was a thoroughly engaging book. I couldn't put it down.show more
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