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This is an auction for THE LAST SAMURAI by Helen DeWitt.

"Ludo is a boy with an insatiable intellectual appetite, growing up in England in the 1980s. With his mother Sibylla's help, he learned to read at age 2 and mastered several languages by the time he was 4. As a single mother, Sibylla struggles to make a living at home. Mother and son are both fans of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, which they watch several times a week over many years. In spite of his very advanced education, Ludo is still a boy and longs to know the identity of his father, which Sibylla, critical in a condescending way toward much of the world, has withheld from him. Gradually, the narrative voice switches from Sibylla to young Ludo, endearing at first in his naiveteand later in his persistence. At 11, Ludo identifies and approaches seven potential father figures - among them a travel writer, a painter, a journalist, and a Nobel Prize-winning astronomer. Eventually, his search and his encounters with some unusual characters lead him to a deeper understanding of both himself and his mother. There are stories within stories, layers upon layers in this fresh, fast-paced, wonderfully imaginative book. If it is a showcase for DeWitt's intellectual prowess, containing snippets of works in numerous foreign languages and many references to mathematics, music, and classic literature, it is also much more than that. It is a touching story of a child's maturing love and illuminates the ways in which a parent's issues can overtly or covertly affect the life of a child. Delightfully original."
- Booklist (US)

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Large format (trade) paperback 2000.

530 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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