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The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World

(2017)
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"An affectionate homage...a loving reconstruction of an era of storytelling now lost." - The New York Times

"[A] triumph...If a writer is going to put on Stevenson's voice, he'd better, as the poets say, 'bring it.' Reader, Doyle has brought it...Adventures is a tonic for our bitter times." - Washington Post

The young Robert Louis Stevenson, living in a boarding house in San Francisco in the 19th century while waiting for his beloved's divorce from her feckless husband, dreamed of writing a soaring novel about his landlady's adventurous and globe-trotting husband - but he never got around to it. And very soon thereafter he was married, headed home to Scotland, and on his way to becoming the most famous novelist in the world, after writing such classics as Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Kidnapped.

But now Brian Doyle brings Stevenson's untold tale to life, braiding the adventures of seaman John Carson with those of a young Stevenson, wandering the streets of San Francisco, gathering material for his fiction, and yearning for his beloved across the bay. An adventure tale, an elegy to one of the greatest writers of our language, a time-traveling plunge into The City by the Bay during its own energetic youth, The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World is entertaining, poignant, and sensual.

Genre: Historical    

"A tale of bounding energy with a delicate touch, driving always towards the beautiful and the true." - Helen Garner

"A richly layered, altogether enchanting re-imagining of a few months in the life of Robert Louis Stevenson." - Naomi J Williams


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Hardback Editions

March 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World: A Novel of Robert Louis Stevenson
Author(s): Brian Doyle
ISBN: 1-250-10052-6 / 978-1-250-10052-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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Paperback Editions

April 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World: A Novel of Robert Louis Stevenson
Author(s): Brian Doyle
ISBN: 1-250-16024-3 / 978-1-250-16024-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World: A Novel of Robert Louis Stevenson
Author(s): Brian Doyle
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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