New Authors     New Books     Coming Soon     Most Popular     Top Authors    
<< Previous bookNext book >>
book cover of 

A Very Private Life

A Very Private Life

(1968)
A novel by

 
Admirers of Michael Frayn have come to know that except in regard to quality he is wholly and refreshingly unpredictable. The reader of his hypnotic little book will be in no doubt whatsoever from the sixth word on that he is in the hands of a literary master-sorcerer: "Once upon a time there will be a little girl called Uncumber." Frayn's unforgettable heroine lives at a time in the distant future when all humanity is divided in two. "Some people are on the inside, some are on the outside. That's just the way the world is, Cumby," explains her father, Aelfric. Of course it is the insiders who are privileged, with their evey single need catered to by somatic drugs, three-dimensional holovision, piped sustenance - in short, everything, including an increasingly prolonged life. As for the outsiders, they can just grub along as best they can, except when needed to help sustain the inhabitants of the windowless houses. Unbelievably, however, all this is not enough for Uncumber, for she is haunted by a restless and inquisitive spirit, driven by Angst as she grows up, that refuses to be satisfied by such devices, as a love introduced and supplied by holovision. After dialing a wrong number one day, she espies a strange crude fellow speaking an unknow tongue, and, smitten by love, she sets out to find him. Here, of course, is the classic Quest, replete with peril, suffering, and elusive rapture. Even though our searcher is millennia removed, we can feel her fate is ironic, we are involved and we pay her homage for her courage in grappling with the Outside. Relentlessly entertaining as Michael Frayn may be -and this book is shot through with mordant hilarity - it is the real measure of his worth that in the end we know perhaps a bit more about human spirut and folly than we did before.

 
Used availability for Michael Frayn's A Very Private Life


See all available used copies of this book at Abebooks UK or Abebooks US
 

Hardback Editions

September 1968 : USA Hardback
Title: Very Private Life
Author(s): Michael Frayn
ISBN: 0-670-74523-5 / 978-0-670-74523-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

November 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: A Very Private Life
Author(s): Michael Frayn
ISBN: 0-571-31593-3 / 978-0-571-31593-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2015 : USA Paperback
Title: A Very Private Life (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)
Author(s): Michael Frayn
ISBN: 1-941147-95-X / 978-1-941147-95-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Valancourt Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: A Very Private Life
Author(s): Michael Frayn
ISBN: 0-571-22506-3 / 978-0-571-22506-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 1984 : UK Paperback
Title: A Very Private Life (Flamingo)
Author(s): Michael Frayn
ISBN: 0-00-654084-8 / 978-0-00-654084-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 1981 : UK Paperback
Title: Very Private Life
Author(s): Michael Frayn
ISBN: 0-00-616156-1 / 978-0-00-616156-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 1971 : UK Paperback
Title: A Very Private Life
Author(s): Michael Frayn
ISBN: 0-14-003320-3 / 978-0-14-003320-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

November 2015 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: A Very Private Life
Author(s): Michael Frayn
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2015 : USA Kindle edition
Title: A Very Private Life (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)
Author(s): Michael Frayn
Publisher: Valancourt Books
Availability: Amazon   


Search for