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Get a Life

(2005)
A novel by

 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
Paul Bannerman, an ecologist in South Africa, believes he understands the trajectory of his life, with the usual markers of vocation and marriage. But when he's diagnosed with thyroid cancer and, after surgery, prescribed treatment that will leave him radioactive, for a period a danger to others, he begins to question, as Auden wrote, "what Authority gives / existence its surprise."

In the garden of his childhood home, where his businessman father, Adrian, and prominent civil rights lawyer mother, Lyndsay, take him in to protect his wife and child from radiation, he enters an unthinkable existence and another kind of illumination: the contradiction between the values of his work and those of his wife, Benni, an ad agency executive. His mother is transformed by the strange state of her son's existence to face her own past. Meanwhile, projects to build a nuclear reactor and drain vital wetlands preoccupy Paul as if he were at work. By the time he is cured, both families have been changed. On his return to his home and career, his parents go to Mexico to fulfill the archaeological vocation Adrian sacrificed to support his family. The consequence of this trip is the final surprise in this extraordinary exploration of passionate individual existences.

 
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Used availability for Nadine Gordimer's Get a Life


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Hardback Editions

February 2006 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Get a Life
Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
ISBN: 0-7862-8360-2 / 978-0-7862-8360-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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November 2005 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Get a Life: A Novel
Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
ISBN: 0-374-16170-4 / 978-0-374-16170-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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November 2005 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Get a Life
Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
ISBN: 0-7475-8175-4 / 978-0-7475-8175-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Paperback Editions

January 2007 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Get a Life
Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
ISBN: 0-14-305562-3 / 978-0-14-305562-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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October 2006 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Get a Life
Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
ISBN: 0-14-303792-7 / 978-0-14-303792-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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October 2006 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Get a Life
Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
ISBN: 0-7475-8242-4 / 978-0-7475-8242-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 2006 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Get a Life
Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
ISBN: 0-7475-8415-X / 978-0-7475-8415-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Kindle Editions

March 2012 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Get a Life
Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon UK   

May 2007 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Get a Life: A Novel
Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   


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