A Fool's Alphabet, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


The events of Pietro Russell's life are told in 26 chapters.

From A-Z each chapter is set in a different place and reveals a fragment of his story.

As his memories flicker back and forth through time in his search for a resolution to the conflicts of his life, his story gradually unfolds...


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I enjoyed this eventually, and found the disjointed chronological order made perfect sense in the end. A beautiful book to evoke the reader's own memories, especially enhanced if some of the descriptions of places resonate with your own memories of them. Y was the better ending for me than Z though!

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Each letter of the alphabet, each capter, represents the name of a place in Pietro's history. The places do not pop up in normal life sequence but flashback to pivotal scenarios. Early and fairy experimental in Faulk's career. At first, hard to decipher a narrative, but worth sticking with as when the stoy clicks it has the more power for the format.

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In his third novel Faulks set himself the task of completing twenty six chapters each taking the name of a place, in alphabetical order, that featured in the life of his protagonist Pietro Russell, stretching from Anzio to Zaconi. I am generally wary of novels that use such gimmickry, fearing that considerations of format might be allowed to eclipse the plot and style. However, as one might expect from Faulks there is no such failing here. The novel is masterful, and the reader is immediately, and comprehensively, engaged in Russell's life. The story is beautifully told, despite running out of chronological order, and the picture one forms of Russell's life is immensely coherent and utterly compelling.

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