Telescope, Paperback Book
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Daniel Brennan, approaching the premature end of his life, retreats to a room in his brother's suburban house.

To divert himself and to entertain Ellen, his carer, he writes the journal that is Telescope, blurring truth, gossip and fiction in vignettes of his own life and the lives of those close to him.

Above all he focuses on his siblings: mercurial Celia, whose life as a teacher in Italy seems to have run aground, and kindly Charlie, the entrepreneur of the family.

Enriched with remarkable anecdotes and observations on topics ranging from tattoos and Tokyo street fashion to early French photography, Telescope is a startlingly original and moving book, a glimpse of the world through the eyes of a connoisseur of vicarious experience.


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This was one of those random finds at the library. A dying, disfigured man observes his family, carer and surroundings. This is sensitively and intelligently written and wry and ribald. I was intrigued by it and really enjoyed how Buckley has woven so much observation about human interaction into the book. In his hands the characters are very real.