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by James Hamilton-Paterson, Paterson James Hamilton

ISBN 0939149486 / 9780939149483 / 0-939149-48-6
Publisher Soho Press
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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In this delightful novel, which won a Whitbread Prize in 1989, James Hamilton-Paterson joins celebrated British composer Edward Elgar on a cruise on the Amazon River and imagines what artists of the time may have pondered. "Oh Edward what a stupid doltish ass you've been to waste your life on the idea that art--in its small way--can make the least difference to things," he imagines Elgar as commenting. The book isn't merely a collection of questioning ruminations; the cruise is filled with a variety of comical and interesting passengers and crew members. [via]