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The Sensualist [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Torday
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Raised in Baltimore in the ‘90s, 17-year-old Samuel Gerson is ready to be rid of his high school baseball team, his protective upbringing, and the tight-knit Jewish community in which he’s spent his whole life. But when he befriends enigmatic Dmitri Zilber, a recent Russian Jewish immigrant who is obsessed with the works of Dostoevsky, Samuel’s world begins to shift. In the wake of his grandfather’s suicide, as his life increasingly entangles with that of Dmitri and his beautiful sister Yelizaveta, it sets in motion a series of events that culminates in a disturbing act of violence. A quietly devastating portrait of late adolescence, The Sensualist examines the culture we inherit as it collides with the one we create.

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About the Author

Daniel Torday's fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Esquire, Glimmer Train, Harper Perennial's Fifty-Two Stories, Harvard Review and The Kenyon Review. He currently serves as Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College.

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  • File Size: 344 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Nouvella (April 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007X9NB20
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,596 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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There are times when a book is sent for review and the moment it arrives it rises to the top of the stack, not only because the theme of the book is inviting, but also because in this world of ether books and chap books along comes an author and a publisher who retain the dignity of the concept of a limited edition form of a story - an homage to the history of great literature that is so very refreshing. THE SENSUALIST by new author Daniel Torday is presented by Nouvella Publishers in a limited edition (mine is 176/600) small scale form that matches the `novella' size of the story, and places it on fine paper with an elegant colophon (design is by Daniel A'Arcy). It is inviting even before beginning to read.

Daniel Torday is an effortless storyteller, a writer who has the ability to let words flow onto the page with elegant simplicity yet rich with imagery and atmosphere, but who never lets `style' get in the way of sharing the story at hand. As extensive the number of coming of age stories is Torday creates a new one - simple yet peppered with all the emotions of that special and terrifying time of life when childhood memories are less accessible and the realities of discovering love - of the opposite and of friends and of parents and grandparents and all progenitors - crack open the bubble of the world outside and insist on entrance. Torday takes that rite of passage and alters it with a healthy subset of story in that his best friend is form Russian (a recent immigrant) and brings with him an entirely different palette of experience - or is it? The answers lie within.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow October 4, 2012
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I am very impressed by Daniel Torday's writing talent. As a relatively young man, he possesses the sensitivity of someone with long life experience and the ability to convey it to the reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the sensualist October 22, 2013
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My son had this book as equipped reading for his 11th grade English class. I read along and must say I read in one sitting. This book really makes you think. I highly recommend
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2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated March 9, 2013
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Only one character is fleshed out and yet remains a mystery (which works), but the other protagonists, we don't really get to know. The allusions to Dostoevsky needed extension and more richness.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A quick read August 4, 2013
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A light, pleasant novella, probably best if you're someone who is familiar with the community in which it takes place.
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Daniel Torday's novella, THE SENSUALIST, won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction. His debut novel, THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST, will be published by St. Martin's Press in 2015, and has received early praise from Karen Russell, Rivka Galchen, Gary Shteyngart, Jim Shepard, Robin Black, Phil Klay, Edan Lepucki and Daniel Smith. George Saunders has called the novel "a wonderful accomplishment of storytelling verve: tender, lyrical, surprising, full of beautifully rendered details. Torday is a prodigiously talented writer, with a huge heart."

Torday's short stories and essays have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Glimmer Train, Harvard Review, The New York Times and The Kenyon Review. A former editor at Esquire and now an editor at The Kenyon Review, he is currently the Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College.

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