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Jordan, Neil : Shade: A Novel
Bloomsbury Publishing, New York City, NY, 2004
First Edition / First Printing. Fine in No Dust Jacket, As Issued. 329 pages. The author's fourth novel. Advance Reader's Copy. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited one-time only print run as a softcover original only. None of the copies was commerically sold. There is no ISBN. The ARC is now rare. A brilliant production by Bloomsbury: Regular-sized volume format. Glossy pictorial softcovers with white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Neil Jordan. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in its earliest-state publication format, Neil Jordan's "Shade". Lavished with praise by The New Yorker Magazine as one of the best novels of our time. The novel's narrator/protagonist, 50-year-old Nina Hardy, has been murdered with a pair of gardening shears by her childhood friend George Truite. The mystery is not who committed the crime but why. Although George has been for some years a resident of the local insane asylum, his madness is but a small part of the answer to the excruciating question. "Casts a wistful eye on childhood desires and alliances that call to mind William Trevor. Like Jordan's greatest success, 'The Crying Game', the novel is full of surprises and the biggest shocks are not always the most telling" (Jill Harvey). Neil Jordan is the renowned director of such films as "Mona Lisa", "Interview With The Vampire", "The End of The Affair", and "The Crying Game", for which he won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1993. He is also an immensely talented and rewarding writer whose impeccable instinct for form and structure and whose profound psychological insight (put to such effective use in his rich, complex films) are just as evident in his novels, "The Past", "The Dream of A Beast", and "Sunrise With Sea Monster" (called "Nightlines" in the United States), and the brilliant short story collection, "Nights In Tunisia". An absolute "must-have" title for Neil Jordan collectors. This Advance Reader's Copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Neil Jordan. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the Advance Reader's Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant writers/filmmakers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER NEIL JORDAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG).
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