A History of the World In 10 1/2 Chapters, Paperback Book

A History of the World In 10 1/2 Chapters Paperback

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011Beginning with an unlikely stowaway's account of life on board Noah's Ark, A History of the World in 101/2 Chapters presents a surprising and subversive fictional-history of earth told from several kaleidoscopic perspectives.

Noah disembarks from his ark but he and his Voyage are not forgotten: they are revisited in on other centuries and other climes - by a Victorian spinster mourning her father, by an American astronaut on an obsessive personal mission.

We journey to the Titanic, to the Amazon, to the raft of the Medusa, and to an ecclesiastical court in medieval France where a bizarre case is about to begin... This is no ordinary history, but something stranger; a challenge and a delight for the reader's imagination.

Ambitious yet accessible, witty and playfully serious, this is the work of a brilliant novelist.


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Different short stories with different historical backgrounds but all centered around the theme 'shipwreck'.The first story describes the flood and the arch of Noah from the viewpoint of a woodworm.+Strong start with a very funny first story.Well writtenUncommonFavors reflectionThe short story 'Parenthesis' about love is amazing-Not all short stories have equal valueConclusion:Refreshing eerie short stories with as theme 'shipwreck'. To read and read again.

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