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e-Book The Birthday Party download

e-Book The Birthday Party download

by Panos Karnezis

ISBN: 0676978878
ISBN13: 978-0676978872
Language: English
Publisher: Knopf Canada (August 7, 2007)
Pages: 272
Category: World Literature
Subategory: Literature

ePub size: 1592 kb
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Rating: 4.5
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. It is the summer of 1975. He studied for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. His first book, Little Infamies (2002) is a collection of connected short stories set in a nameless Greek village, and his second book, The Maze (2004) is a novel set in Anatolia in 1922. It was shortlisted for the 2004 Whitbread First Novel Award. Panos Karnezis lives in London.

Panos Karnezis was born in Greece in 1967 and came to England in 1992. He studied engineering at Oxford and worked in industry before starting to write in English. He studied for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia

Panos Karnezis was born in Greece in 1967 and came to England in 1992.

Panos Karnezis's quietly spectacular debut stories, Little Infamies (2002), explored with warmth and acuity the foibles and secrets .

Panos Karnezis's quietly spectacular debut stories, Little Infamies (2002), explored with warmth and acuity the foibles and secrets of a nameless Greek village. The Maze (2004), shortlisted for the Whitbread first novel award, trailed a desperate remnant of the doomed Greek invasion force to Anatolia as it straggled its way home in 1922. The Birthday Party, centring on a Greek shipping tycoon reminiscent of Aristotle Onassis, has a larger stage, stretching from the late 19th century to the 1970s

The Birthday Party book. In The Birthday Party, Panos Karnezis imagines the life of a Greek shipping magnate named Marco Timoleon (who bears more than a passing resemblance to Aristotle Onassis).

The Birthday Party book. The main action takes place over a single day. In his seventies, the still vigorous Timoleon is throwing a party to celebrate his daughter Sofia’s 25th birthday.

Panagiotis Karnezis (Greek: Παναγιώτης (Πάνος) Καρνέζης; born 1967), known as Panos Karnezis, is a Greek writer. Born in Greece, he moved to England in 1992 to study Engineering. He was later awarded a . in Creative Writing by the University of East Anglia. His first collection of stories, Little Infamies, was published in 2002. In 2004 he published The Maze (to some critical acclaim), a novel set during the Greco-Turkish War of 1919-1922. His latest novel is The Convent, published by .

Despite being the story of one man's long and prosperous life, set in one location during a single day, this book jumps backwards and forwards in time, has a wealth of supporting characters and travels the world

Despite being the story of one man's long and prosperous life, set in one location during a single day, this book jumps backwards and forwards in time, has a wealth of supporting characters and travels the world. Even though I found this a very strange book to read, and I didn’t warm to any particular character, I am surprised at how I am still thinking about it days after finishing it. Find similar books Profile.

The Birthday Party - Panos Karnezis.

Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: Random House Publishing GroupReleased: Sep 3, 2010ISBN: 9780307369703Format: book. The Birthday Party - Panos Karnezis.

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Now Panos Karnezis brings us a fully revised version of his first novel, The Maze, a book that propelled him to the very first rank of young writers

Now Panos Karnezis brings us a fully revised version of his first novel, The Maze, a book that propelled him to the very first rank of young writers. Set in Anatolia in 1922, The Maze is the story of a retreating Greek brigade that has lost its way. It is pursued by a Turkish army that seeks to avenge three years of Greek occupation.

Knopf Canada is proud to welcome an internationally acclaimed, award-winning writer with his brilliant novel that tells the story of one of world’s richest and most infamous tycoons.As dawn breaks on a small island late in the summer of 1975, a tycoon wakes up to oversee the final preparations for his daughter’s birthday party. Finding out that she is pregnant by someone he does not approve of, he tries to persuade her to end the pregnancy: his private doctor – and oldest friend – is standing by to perform the procedure. Among the other guests is the tycoon’s ambitious biographer. The story intersperses the riveting events that unfold during the day of the party with the tycoon’s rise to wealth and fame, from childhood in Asia Minor to old age, via Buenos Aires, New York, London and Paris, and the attempts of his young biographer to bring his subject’s true personality to light.The Birthday Party is at once fascinating, revealing and hilarious – a gripping novel that comments upon the art of biography and the invention of a human life.
Comments:
Dynen
Seventy-two year old Marco Timoleon, a shipping billionaire, is planning his daughter's birthday party on his private Greek island. No expense is spared, yet he has a secret agenda...having discovered via his surveillance team that she is pregnant by an 'undesirable', he hopes to persuade her to have an abortion. A medical team are standing by...
Interspersed with the day of the party, are recollections of Timoleon's life- from humble beginnings, to moving countries, mixing in the right circles, his womanizing and his marriages and children. Also at the party is his biographer, struggling to work out the truth from the lies about his subject's past.
At times the writing style put me a little in mind of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Although our main character is pretty manipulative and unlikeable, Karnezis nonetheless imbues him with a streak of humanity, such as in his relationship with his -now dead- son:
'He had a brief period with Daniel because he was younger and also a boy until the scales tilted with him too, and the father needed the son more than the son the father.
He could remember the exact day it had happened.It was September on the island, and the two of them were playing poker on the veranda. All afternoon Daniel, fifteen years old but already a consummate player, had been guessing his father's hand. In the evening he stood up to leave, bored...and then his father, bare-chested, in shorts and flip-flops, touched him on the arm. 'Stay', he said. 'I don't like patience. It's a game for old people.'
But the boy had gone away, and Marco Timoleon had been left to face the melancholy of the autumn evening alone, playing patience while the sun sank in the sea, ther roses released their mournful smell and the birds flapped in the dusk like bats.'

Opimath
This is an absorbing read of an Onnasis type tycoon;his rise to riches;the myths and obsessions that made up his life, all related and revealed over the course of a birthday party arranged for his daughter where the aim is to get her to abort the baby she is expecting;fathered by her fathers biographer.

Karnezis is an excellent writer-'Little Infamies' and 'The Maze' confirm this- and 'The Birthday Party' is a comfortable and enjoyable read. Karnezis develops each character introduced by scripting a history pregnant with anecdotes. It is a style obviously inspired by Garcia Marquez's great novels-'One Hundred Years of Solitude' and 'Love in the Time of Cholera'-but Karnezis seems too conscious of wanting to evade criticisms of plagiarizing Marquez's style, and falls short of all the magical realism that would have made this good novel possibly great.
He also ends up patronizing the reader on occassion-perhaps in order to avoid being labeled esoteric?-there's really no need to explain what the Stockholm effect is, more so when it stiffles a good line. (If need be, add annotations at the end)
I feel that this just indicates that Karnezis is still developing his technique and obvious talents, and it shouldn't stop people moving into his circle of readership.
An enjoyable book all said.

Timberahue
I feel bad giving a book of this quality only 3 stars, but it wont make my "all time favourites" book shelf to warrant 4 or 5 stars.

The Birthday Party has a very straight forward and uncomplicated story line - an aging tycoon holds a birthday party for his young, pregnant daughter in an attempt to convince her to abort her baby. He has learnt the father is his biographer and does not approve.

The characters on the other hand are anything but straight forward and uncomplicated, and this is what makes it such a fascinating read. Marco Timoleon is neither a character I loved nor hated - he was simply interesting an indepth. We travel from the relationship between his parents, to his rise to fortune, his two marriages, his friendships and other major events that have shaped him into the person he has become.

Finally at the end there was a twist i did not see coming (yet again simple, but it fit so well), which was a nice surprise. Overall a really good read.

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