The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page Ebenezer Le Page cantankerous opinionated and charming is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late twentieth century Eighty years old Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Cha
  • Title: The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
  • Author: G.B. Edwards John Fowles
  • ISBN: 9781590172339
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
    Ebenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated, and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late twentieth century Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between the coasts of England and France yet a world apart from either Ebenezer himself is fiercely independent, butEbenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated, and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late twentieth century Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between the coasts of England and France yet a world apart from either Ebenezer himself is fiercely independent, but as he reaches the end of his life he is determined to tell his own story and the stories of those he has known He writes of family secrets and feuds, unforgettable friendships and friendships betrayed, love glimpsed and lost The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is a beautifully detailed chronicle of a life, but it is equally an oblique reckoning with the traumas of the twentieth century, as Ebenezer recalls both the men lost to the Great War and the German Occupation of Guernsey during World War II, and looks with despair at the encroachments of commerce and tourism on his beloved island.G B Edwards labored in obscurity all his life and completed The Book of Ebenezer Le Page shortly before his death Published posthumously, the book is a triumph of the storyteller s art that conjures up the extraordinary voice of a living man.Cover art of this edition by R.B Kitaj, from painting titled Blake s God , 2006.
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    Edwards is known for The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, which was published posthumously in 1981 Edwards had worked on his great novel for many years but only completed it towards the end of his life, presenting the typescript to his friend Edward Chaney in August 1974, rather in the manner that the fictional Ebenezer bequeaths his Book to Neville Falla in the novel The typescript was rejected by all the publishers it was shown to and only after Edwards death was it taken up by Hamish Hamilton who arranged for John Fowles to write an introduction It was widely and very favorably reviewed among others by William Golding and Guy Davenport Harold Bloom included it in his Western Canon Penguin produced a paperback and it was published in American and in French translation It has now been published in Italian also by Elliot Edizioni It is currently in print in Britain and America with New York Review of Books in their Classics series.In the late 1920s and 30s Edwards had been regarded as a writer and intellectual of great promise, one who might indeed fill the shoes of D.H Lawrence, whose biography Cape commissioned him to write He occasionally contributed to Middleton Murry s Adelphi but never completed his larger projects Eventually his friends Murry, J.S Collis and Stephen Potter gave up their hopes in him By 1933 he had abandoned his wife and children and he did not re establish contact with his daughter until decades later He became an itinerant teacher of drama and, latterly, a minor civil servant and something of a recluse Towards the end of his life, he became a lodger in a house near Weymouth where he was discovered by art student Edward Chaney The latter encouraged him to complete his novel and eventually got it published In September 2008 Guernsey s first Blue Plaque was affixed to his father s house on the island.


  • No man is an island entire of itself every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were any man s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls it tolls for thee Meditation XVII, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, by John Donne Ebenezer is not just an islander he is an island wil [...]

  • The great rocks was not rocks, nor the sea sea, yet they was real as real and the clouds was gates of glory, and every way I turned my eyes the view was waves of joy and golden light 480 There is a place where waves of two seas meet, to blend the water of their different shades, the grey ones barging in from insulated shores, embrace the foam of the silver redemptive sea.Ebenezer Le Page sits in Les Moulins, his granite house where he has lived all his life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, and [...]

  • Crusty old man lit is likely to show up on my shelf than my wife s But since she got me to read and enjoy Jane Austen, I figure I m owed the chance to sell her on this unassuming little treasure one that may well be the beau ideal of the whole curmudgeonly male canon That s my main goal with this review For those of you who have already read the book including 10 friends who gave it a total of 50 stars , please help me entice her For those of you who have not, maybe we ll convince you of its wo [...]

  • I am going to start off by rating this book five stars and declare it one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life One in a billion.Sitting here trying to capture my thoughts and feelings is a daunting exercise All I want to do right now is bawl my eyes out, really And let me make a confession right now I am deeply, utterly and hopelessly in love with Ebenezer Le Page There is so much I want to say about Ebenezer Le Page So I will try to keep it short For those who treasure the messa [...]

  • Does anything sound like less of a good time than listening to some crotchety old man wax nostalgic for his younger days, humoring him in a patronizing way, of course while he complains that times have changed Very little pleases this person he s finicky, he s bad tempered, and his attitude toward his fellow man is depressingly sour At first glance, Ebenezer Le Page might resemble this curmudgeonly type, and admittedly he is a curmudgeon on many levels, but there just happens to be something abo [...]

  • The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is the kind of novel you don t really know in its truest sense until you ve reached the very end It s something like looking at vast panorama If you consign your gaze to any particular detail, you inevitably miss the overwhelming sweep and grandeur of its totality I don t mean to imply that there is some big, unexpected event at the end which changes how the reader understands the events which preceded it, but rather that it is the story of a life and, yes, even life [...]

  • This book pierced my heart and left an aching void It covers the scale of human nature from wondrous to pure meanness, the depth and range of our emotions, and recalls the importance to a life of the few true connections one really makes in a lifetime I hope to soon write a complete review I should say here though that I didn t see the narrator as the cantankerous old man the publisher describes, a description that held me back from reading this for a couple of years.

  • Many writers are keen observers of human nature, and many writers create narrators who are also writers and observers of human nature Sometimes such protagonists are didactic tools, mere mouthpieces for the author But sometimes they are so vividly drawn that they seem to pop off the page, and you look up, almost expecting to see them sitting across from you spinning a yarn or telling you their life story Ebenezer Le Page is such a narrator The pace of his story is unhurried and seems to meander [...]

  • The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is sweetly old fashioned and painstakingly humane and it exudes an aura of the best classical works.It is a story of a man and an island The older I get and the I learn, the I know I don t know nothing, me I am the oldest on the island, I think Liza Quenpel from Pleinmont say she is older but I reckon she is putting it on When she was a young woman, she used to have a birthday once every two or three years but for years now she have been having two or three a year [...]

  • At times, I find some books are overrated and perhaps I thought the same of this one I am a bit skeptical when it comes to books that have an average rating in the 4 s I often think So, are these people appreciating it for what it is or are they REALLY enjoying it this much.How can a book about a somewhat normal existence, which in all is rather boring strike me so hard How can it make me tear up as it ends It speaks to me as Stoner did both were about the beginning of a life, it s middle and it [...]

  • I was not immediately drawn in to this book At first it felt like it was an old man just rambling about his family , about everyone he ever met and everything he encountered , none of which seemed very exciting Ebenezer even gives a detailed account of what he ate as a boy I had to look up ormer Quite frankly I was bored and I wasn t sure if I could continue reading these mundane things , but then I knew I had to continue to try and see why there were so many 5 star reviews.But at some point and [...]

  • I feel inadequate to the task of reviewing this book It s like asking me to review a person, which is impossible But that s what this book is More than any other character I ve encountered in a book, Ebenezer comes fully fleshed I loved him deeply, despite his flaws or because of them , and because he doesn t bullshit He has lived eighty odd years and he has no time for bullshit, his or anyone else s, and no reason to either His language is rich, colloquial Some will say quaint with a negative c [...]

  • 3.5 stars Gosh, this is a hard one to review On the one hand it wouldn t be difficult to overlook what I saw as its faults and sing its praises, especially because Edwards is an underdog and we all love an underdog However, because this is what most reviewers seem to have done average rating 4.26 I m going to focus on what for me were its negatives On the whole I enjoyed it and am glad I read it but it didn t have me calling up my friends and urging them to read it Basically my take was that Ed [...]

  • i have learned many things over the course of my life now that i am older, knowledge comes in fits and spurts and lately i have been seized, shaken like a fist, with new thoughts, and ideas about myself, and the order of things and i seem to see the reflection of these views everywhere i see them here, in the book of ebenezer le page, presented as the reminisces of a very old man, who is from the channel island of guernsey, and has watched the world change from his little stone house, as it move [...]

  • For the past month or so I have been rather MIA from a fact many of my GR friends have pointed out Sorry GR friends I wasn t ignoring you promise Though the reasons for this absence have been a bit varied in scope and importance, there is one undeniable fact that has overwhelmed my GR starved brain nerding out with awesome people on the internet about books is a mechanism that makes my life richer and enjoyable The complete appreciation of this fact has also made one other thing clear my review [...]

  • I live from day to day at the edge of living The poet said said most men live lives of quiet desperation and go to their graves with their song unsung This is he swan song of G B Edwards, his one hit wonder, the one and only book he wrote that he didn t even live long enough to see published, and it may well be the best of its kind A love song to his native island of Guernsey, from which he lived in exile for most of his adult life, a monumental fresco of its windblown vistas, its secretive and [...]

  • Once in a while I get wildly excited by a book that I know from the opening pages will be an epic read The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is the best known work of Gerald Basil Edwards 1899 1976 , a British author It was finished in 1974 and published posthumously in 1981 Apparently, Edwards himself was a bit of a recluse I would not be too far off the mark to conjecture that Edwards left traces of himself in the narrator and breathed his own observations of life into this remarkable novel.This is a f [...]

  • its voice and method are so unusual that it belongs nowhere on our conventional literary maps writes John Fowles in the introduction to this epic novel about Guernseyman Ebenezer La Page The sweep of this life comes with every possible detail and name of friends and relations imaginable and it seems most people on Guernsey, an island world unto itself in the English Channel, are somehow related Ebenezer writes his life story as one might speak it over decades of kitchen table chatter to a very [...]

  • Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have of them Marcel Proust The Book of Ebenezer Le Page was completed in 1974 it was never seen published by its author, Gerald Basil Edwards 1899 1976 Ebenezer s memoir relates provincial life on the Isle of Guernsey, in gradual inevitable motion, affected by The Great War and the German Occupation in WWII, on toward the second half of the twentieth century His haunted memories are ironic, humorous, melancholic, deeply touching and securel [...]

  • Out of my current friends, only one person has given this 3 stars One person has given this 4 stars The rest, an overwhelming number really, has given this 5 stars.And then there s me A curmudgeon like Ebenezer Le Page himself, all poopy butt over the fact that Ebenezer Le Page did not interest me in the least.Le Page is an elderly Guernseyman reflecting upon his life, because men reflecting on their lives is a thing that has never been done before I ve long wondered what it is like to be a man [...]

  • Partaking in this memoir straight off the back of Proust s ISOLT proved a delicious immersion in in Queneau stic exercises in style how many ways can you parse a memory, bind over the past, resurrect it in the corner of the eye This quirky gem defies genre fication Liberally doused with Guernsey patois, the narrative falls into a dry, terpsichorean cadence wringing out pitch perfect amelioration from Franco English linguistic start ups.A soporifically paced domestic scene memory beginning langui [...]

  • I left Thee in anger, I knew not Thy worth,Journeyed afar, to the ends of the earth,Was told of far countries, the heaven of the hold,Where the soil gave up diamonds, silver and gold.The sun always shone, and Race took no part,But Thy cry always reached me, its pain wrenched my heart,So I m coming home, Thou of all art the best,Returning to greet Thee, Dear Island of Rest G A Deighton G B Edwards created through Ebenezer le page, a vehicle to give vent to his own most candid expression, honest t [...]

  • Ah, poems amount to so little when you write them too early in your life You ought to wait and gather sense and sweetness for a whole lifetime, and a lone one if possible, and then, at the very end, you might perhaps be able to write ten good lines For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions one has emotions early enough they are experiences For the sake of a single poem, you must see many cities, many people and Things, you must understand animals, must feel how birds fly, and know the [...]

  • I am going to let this book gestate a bit before commenting too much about it I will say it is one of the most heart warming books I have ever read Though there are many characters in the book it is apparent later on that the reader becomes somewhat intimate with the ones worthy of our warmest feelings The written quality of the book sneaks up on you I am giving the book five stars because the book was composed from the author s heart and he didn t much care if we liked it, read it, or not I am [...]

  • Like Stoner, this is a book with an appealing narrative attached, telling of an author scorned or marginalized during his lifetime, but recognized at his true worth after his death The author of The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, G B Edwards 1899 1976 , was an aspiring writer from his youth, but never had any literary success and ended his life a recluse Ebenezer was published five years after his death, in 1981, and it enjoyed considerable acclaim It was reissued by the New York Review of Books in 2 [...]

  • My impression of Guernsey, from spending a few weeks there as a journalist some years back, was that it was an island with sixty five thousand people and barely a dozen surnames between them You get the same idea reading The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, all the characters of which are continually discovered to be distant third or fourth cousins of each other I like this novel, but it didn t make quite the impression on me that it seems to have made on others I wonder if the dramatic story of how it [...]

  • Imagine the scene you enter an old pub in Guernsey and order a locally brewed ale You look around and notice that most of the seats are taken Over in one corner there is an unoccupied stool, next to an old man who appears to be alone You too are alone and wouldn t mind a bit of company so, pint in hand, you go over and ask if he d mind you sitting there He appears quite pleased to have someone to talk to and the outlines of a conversation are lightly sketched Soon the dialogue becomes of a mono [...]

  • I will start this review with an excerpt For me, it is the words and the writing style of an author that are the most important aspect of a book Eighty year old Ebenezer, who has spent every day of his life on Guernsey, tells here of what happened one afternoon It was sun and cloud and wind and very cold, and yet for some reason I thought I would go in a churchyard before I went home It don t make me sad It cheers me up to see the graves I feel here at last I m among Guernsey people I had to loo [...]

  • I really enjoyed my week with Ebenezer I even found time for him during the busy holiday His book was one of those rare books that I didn t want to end, but I also didn t want to stop reading.Other readers have written superb reviews that make it unnecessary for me to write one of my own My advice to any potential reader is to take a look at those reviews book show 7 It was Margitte s fantastic, heartfelt championing of the book that led me to read it Later, I read the excellent, thought provoki [...]

  • The Book of Ebenzer Le Page is a revelation It swell, it s not a normal book It s not experimental barf or self conscious of audience s justdifferent In good ways Let me count the ways.I m 44 Over the last year or two I ve come aware increasingly aware both of my mortality and what it s like to be old I like some aspects of getting older Over the last four or five years I ve felt calmer and better accepting of who I ve become Hell, I kind of like me But I also know in a few decades people may tr [...]

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