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The Son of Laughter

The Son of Laughter

(1993)
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"The Bible's account of Jacob is a pungent seed found in a tomb," wrote the poet James Merrill about this novel. "Frederick Buechner has planted it and the result is this beautiful swaying tree of a book." The fact that Merrill was an old friend of Buechner's does not disqualify this eloquent testimony. Indeed, Jacob is powerfully translated here through Buechner's honest and humorous--and cantankerous--voice. You see a living, human character, as always in Buechner's work, whether fiction or non-fiction. From this archetypal tale of feuding brothers he draws a story of family and fear, and a tale of a living God with whom Jacob wrestles in more ways than one. The tale of this life is a rich one: the two wives, Leah and Rachel, the journeys and the dreams--all of it takes on a colouring that is both strange and yet familiar: here is a Jacob both larger than life and yet very much human, very much one of us. --Doug Thorpe

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Hardback Editions

March 1993 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Son of Laughter
Author(s): Frederick Buechner
ISBN: 0-06-250116-X / 978-0-06-250116-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harpercollins
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Paperback Editions

July 1994 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Son of Laughter
Author(s): Frederick Buechner
ISBN: 0-06-250117-8 / 978-0-06-250117-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperOne
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Son of Laughter
Author(s): Frederick Buechner
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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