Murakami Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | August 20, 2014

Julie Schumacher: IMG Dear Professor Fitger



Saint Paul, August 2014 Dear Professor Fitger, I've been asked to say a few words about you for Powells.com. Having dreamed you up with a ball-point... Continue »
  1. $16.07 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Dear Committee Members

    Julie Schumacher 9780385538138

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$9.50
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Literature- A to Z

The City of Your Final Destination

by

The City of Your Final Destination Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A wryly humorous, impeccably observed novel about the capriciousness of loveOmar Razaghi posts a letter on September 13, 1995 that will change the course of his life forever. A doctoral student at the University of Kansas, he writes to the estate of the Latin American author Jules Gund, requesting permission to write Gund's authorized biography. His request is refused, but Omar has already accepted a fellowship from the university, and with his girlfriend's vehement encouragement, he goes in person to Uruguay to petition to Gund's three executors. Although Caroline Gund, Jules' wife, and Arden Langdon, Jules' mistress and mother of his child, are initially opposed to the idea of a biography, Omar has the support of Adam, Jules' older brother, and hopes to be able to persuade the two women. Omar's unexpected arrival in Uruguay reverberates through this odd and isolated little family group, and his stay in the languid, dreamy Ochos Rios makes him question his former life in Kansas, and his ability-even his desire-to write an "authorized" life. A novel about the random nature of love, and the ways in which we confront or avoid life's choices, The City of Your Final Destination is a touching, clever and wonderfully comic fourth novel from Peter Cameron.

Review:

"[E]xceptionally moving and self-assured....Witty, intelligent, engrossing: Cameron offers a leisurely and old-fashioned narrative that nonetheless moves directly to a surprising but credible end." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Although they're eventful, the novels of Peter Cameron have the feeling of an idyll, the languor of a late afternoon in early summer, when the low thrill of youthful hope seems to go hand in hand with the wit of a more seasoned perspective on life....What this [story] involves, largely, is conversation, some of the best dialogue to be found in any novel published in the past year or so....Even the less formidable characters emerge effortlessly whole in the course of a few pages....Cameron is a writer of strange and sneaky allure — he can tell you more by not telling you something that ought to be humanly, or at least artistically, possible. City of Your Final Destination, like Cameron's previous novel, Andorra, transpires like a dream, sweet if also sometimes barbed, and ends on an unexpected grace note. It's a generous, sunny book, with just enough shadows to hint at the mysterious territory that lies beneath its surface." Laura Miller, Salon.com

Review:

"Wonderful...lithe and supple...one of the most satisfying denouements in recent memory." John Freeman, San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Cause for celebration....A beautiful and elegant novel, [this] has the lightness and airiness of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream." James Schiff, The Raleigh News & Observer

Review:

"[With] dancelike wit...Manners and morals, a combinant phrase long out of fashion, finds exhilarating rebirth in City." Richard Eder, The New York Times

Review:

"Cameron...demonstrates a carefully honed style, an eye for insight and humor, and an ability to create a story that is both substantial and aesthetically pleasing." Library Journal

Review:

"Intriguing....Singular....An English drawing room comedy [with] a touch of Rattigan or Wilde." Lavina Greenlaw, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Omar Razaghi posts a letter on September 13, 1995, that will change the course of his life forever. A novel about the random nature of love and the ways in which we confront or avoid life's choices, "The City of Your Final Destination" is a touching comic fourth novel from Peter Cameron.

Synopsis:

Omar Razaghi is a graduate student determined to write the authorized biography of the late Latin American author Jules Gund. But when his request is denied by the author's family, Omar must leave behind his life in Kansas appeal to them in person--at their crumbling estate in Ocho Rios, Uruguay. There Omar meets Gund's wife, his mistress, and his brother, all living in close quarters, and his relationship with each of them develops all kinds of unforeseen complications.

About the Author

Peter Cameron is the author of The Weekend and Andorra. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, and The Paris Review. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374281977
Author:
Cameron, Peter
Publisher:
Picador
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Kansas
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Biography as a literary form
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Uruguay
Subject:
Biographers
Subject:
Graduate students
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
72-67.
Publication Date:
May, 2002
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.15 x 5.58 x 0.885 in

Other books you might like

  1. At Swim, Two Boys Used Hardcover $4.50
  2. Andorra Used Trade Paper $2.50
  3. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Used Trade Paper $6.50
  4. He, She and It Used Mass Market $3.95
  5. Three Junes
    Used Hardcover $5.50
  6. Uglies
    Used Trade Paper $4.95

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

The City of Your Final Destination Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$9.50 In Stock
Product details 320 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374281977 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[E]xceptionally moving and self-assured....Witty, intelligent, engrossing: Cameron offers a leisurely and old-fashioned narrative that nonetheless moves directly to a surprising but credible end."
"Review" by , "Although they're eventful, the novels of Peter Cameron have the feeling of an idyll, the languor of a late afternoon in early summer, when the low thrill of youthful hope seems to go hand in hand with the wit of a more seasoned perspective on life....What this [story] involves, largely, is conversation, some of the best dialogue to be found in any novel published in the past year or so....Even the less formidable characters emerge effortlessly whole in the course of a few pages....Cameron is a writer of strange and sneaky allure — he can tell you more by not telling you something that ought to be humanly, or at least artistically, possible. City of Your Final Destination, like Cameron's previous novel, Andorra, transpires like a dream, sweet if also sometimes barbed, and ends on an unexpected grace note. It's a generous, sunny book, with just enough shadows to hint at the mysterious territory that lies beneath its surface."
"Review" by , "Wonderful...lithe and supple...one of the most satisfying denouements in recent memory."
"Review" by , "Cause for celebration....A beautiful and elegant novel, [this] has the lightness and airiness of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream."
"Review" by , "[With] dancelike wit...Manners and morals, a combinant phrase long out of fashion, finds exhilarating rebirth in City."
"Review" by , "Cameron...demonstrates a carefully honed style, an eye for insight and humor, and an ability to create a story that is both substantial and aesthetically pleasing."
"Review" by , "Intriguing....Singular....An English drawing room comedy [with] a touch of Rattigan or Wilde."
"Synopsis" by , Omar Razaghi posts a letter on September 13, 1995, that will change the course of his life forever. A novel about the random nature of love and the ways in which we confront or avoid life's choices, "The City of Your Final Destination" is a touching comic fourth novel from Peter Cameron.
"Synopsis" by ,
Omar Razaghi is a graduate student determined to write the authorized biography of the late Latin American author Jules Gund. But when his request is denied by the author's family, Omar must leave behind his life in Kansas appeal to them in person--at their crumbling estate in Ocho Rios, Uruguay. There Omar meets Gund's wife, his mistress, and his brother, all living in close quarters, and his relationship with each of them develops all kinds of unforeseen complications.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.