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De biograaf (2007)

– tekijä: Andrew Wilson

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Fresh from finishing university in England, Adam Woods arrives in Venice to begin a new chapter in his life. He soon secures employment as the personal assistant of Gordon Crace -- a famous expatriate novelist who makes his home in a dank and crumbling palazzo, surrounded by fabulous works of art, piles of unanswered correspondence and the memories of his former literary glory. Before long Adam becomes indispensable to the feeble Crace, and he finds himself at once drawn to and repelled by his elderly employer's brilliant mind and eccentric habits. As Adam comes to learn more about the scandal that brought Crace to Venice years ago, he realizes he has stumbled upon the raw material that could launch his own literary career and makes a bold decision: He will secretly write the famous author's biography. But outsmarting Crace is easier said than done, and the two soon find themselves locked in a bitter contest over the right to determine how the story of Crace's life will end. Against the haunting backdrop of the serene city, the two men engage in a ruthless game of cat and mouse that builds to a breathtaking and unexpected conclusion.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:De biograaf
Kirjailijat:Andrew Wilson
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Avainsanoja:Thriller, Venetië

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    alalba: The stories of both novels are located in Venice, in both the main character tricks his way into the house of a famous writer to get information about his life.
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oh why not.
  pam.enser | Apr 1, 2013 |
Andrew Wilson has follwed Beautiful Shadow, his stunning biography about Patricia Highsmith, with his debut novel, The Lying Tongue, a book that follows in Highsmith's own tradition of plot twists and psychological conundrums.

Adam Woods arrives in Venice from England to take a job and work on his novel. The job quickly evaporates, so he finds another, as amanuensis to a reclusive old author, Gordon Crace. Things start out in a straightforward manner. The author is eccentric, to say the least, but after tidying up the place and perusing the fine art collection, Adam settles in. Crace has written one book, refuses to talk about it and tells Adam that he doesn't want his authorial life even mentioned. It is over.

The only thing we know about Adam is that he just graduated from college and his love affair ended badly. We subsequently find out that when his girlfriend broke up with him he raped her to show her how much she really wanted to be with him. Enter Adam, the sinister creep. That is just the beginning of what we find out about him, about Gordon and what they are both capable of in this revelatory tale of two truly despicable people. After finding two interesting--and damning--letters among Gordon's castabout papers, Adam decides to abandon his novel and write Crace's biography.

Wilson keeps us guessing as Adam leaves Gordon for a week, pleading a need to attend his grandmother's funeral. He goes back to England to head off another biographer, to snoop around to see what she has gleaned, and to do a bit of research on his own. Things do not go exactly as planned, but Adam is more than equal to whatever heinous act it takes to advance his own cause. When he returns to Venice and Gordon, the creep factor increases dramatically and ends in a crafty and perfect conclusion, one that the reader is not prepared for... which makes it that much better. ( )
  Alinea | Nov 30, 2010 |
This thriller has echoes of Patricia Highsmith's novels, although is not as good as them. The main character, a British man who has just graduated from university, is offered a job in Italy to assist a very eccentric old writer who lives a reclusive life in a Palazzo in Venice. Unknown to his very private employer, he plans to write a biography about him. In the process of his research into the old man's life he discovers his very well hidden secrets and develops a duplicitous relationship with him. Although the young researcher is initially portrait as a naive character, much darker sides of his personality are discovered later on. This depiction of the narrator does not work well, it is quite clumsy and it is not robust enough to make the end of the story believable. ( )
1 ääni alalba | Sep 6, 2009 |
This book, The Lying Tongue by Andrew Wilson, is a psychological suspense story set in modern day Venice but involving a mystery from 1960s England. The mystery itself and the unexpected solution are inventive but some of the plot elements seemed random and irrelevant.

Adam is a recent college graduate who is an aspiring writer. Through a series of random events, he ends up employed by a one-time writer who is now holed up in a villa in Venice. Adam is supposed to take care of cleaning, cooking and home maintenance but ends up working on the author's correspondence and finds what appears to be a blackmail letter. He decides to find out the history behind the letter and ends up in a complex situation caused by lies and deception.

The writing was good in this book and the ending was creepy and strange.

http://webereading.com/2009/04/wherever-i-went-i-saw-question-mark-at.html ( )
  klpm | Apr 29, 2009 |
The Lying Tongue is a masterful psychological thriller, expertly written to the unpredictable end. Adam Woods, a young college dropout, lands a job with Gordon Crace, a former teacher, author, and recluse. The book chronicals Adam's less than stellar life at the same time we learn bits of pieces of Crace's life. The use of the reclusive lifestyle along with Crace's unorthodox demands on Woods makes for tense and quite spellbinding writing. Although this is not a "feel-good" book, it is wonderful suspenseful writing. ( )
  ddirmeyer | Jul 13, 2008 |
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Fresh from finishing university in England, Adam Woods arrives in Venice to begin a new chapter in his life. He soon secures employment as the personal assistant of Gordon Crace -- a famous expatriate novelist who makes his home in a dank and crumbling palazzo, surrounded by fabulous works of art, piles of unanswered correspondence and the memories of his former literary glory. Before long Adam becomes indispensable to the feeble Crace, and he finds himself at once drawn to and repelled by his elderly employer's brilliant mind and eccentric habits. As Adam comes to learn more about the scandal that brought Crace to Venice years ago, he realizes he has stumbled upon the raw material that could launch his own literary career and makes a bold decision: He will secretly write the famous author's biography. But outsmarting Crace is easier said than done, and the two soon find themselves locked in a bitter contest over the right to determine how the story of Crace's life will end. Against the haunting backdrop of the serene city, the two men engage in a ruthless game of cat and mouse that builds to a breathtaking and unexpected conclusion.

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