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The Little Book: A Novel Paperback – May 26, 2009
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"A soaring thing of joy whose only purpose-and I mean this as a compliment-is to delight and entertain."
-Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air
"Delightfully mad. . .a thrilling adventure."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"The product of a writer in full command of his gifts."
"A wide-ranging novel of grand ideas. . .a graceful waltz of a book, spinning at times at dizzying speed, but leaving behind a haunting, unforgettable melody."
-New Orleans Times-Picayune
"Back to the Future for the intellectual set."
"Inventive, bracing, poignant and well written. . . it should be at the top of everyone's summer reading list."
"It's hard not to be thoroughly taken with such an approach to both the real and imagined past."
-New York Daily News
-New York Post
About the Author
Selden Edwards began writing The Little Book as a young English teacher in 1974, and continued to layer and refine the manuscript until its completion in 2007. He most recently authored The Lost Prince. He spent his career as headmaster at several independent schools across the country, and for over forty years has been secretary of his class at Princeton, where he also played basketball. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.
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Seldon Edward's novel is an exquisite time machine that feeds itself events which provide the impulse for later events, and earlier ones, too.
A case for the interrelatedness between persons and epochs alike.
The main trunk to this story, with significant secondary branches, follows '70s hippy rocker Wheeler Burden on a time-travel trip through the fin de siecle Vienna of Sigmund Freud, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Gustav Mahler.
Edwards brings to life the intellectual ferment that powered the Austrian capital's rise to prominence in the worlds of music, philosophy, painting, and psychiatry of the time, without being so smart as to turn off those who've come simply to savor a fine tale.
For texture and plot-thickening, the author takes advantage of his time-travel meme to visit the stuffy and WASPy world of a New England prep school, and the more open-aired environment of the Sacramento Valley.
While dabbling in matters both deep and cosmetic, mixing Frisbees with Austrian empresses, and '70s rock with the rise of anti-Semitic thought in Europe, this complex novel sustains a comfortable readability throughout.
The author is masterful in his handling of deep and important subjects in a most entertaining way.
Lost Prince. Edwards is a consummate craftsman and a great story telling. I read the
second book first but was not confused, then read the first and enjoyed them both
tremendously. Edwards reminds me of E.L. Doctorow where you meet famous people
like Freud and Jung in a fictional setting. You will be delighted with the characters
and the story telling.
I could not understand how anyone could realistically accomplish the intricacy of the plot of this story that slithers purposefully and constructively through time. Then I read the Author's Note and realized that this historical fiction was devotedly crafted over a period of over thirty years, a time during which Mr. Edwards added touches, revised, and reconstructed. In short, this book is nothing less than amazing.
Many of the historical details found in this book are accurate. Having been exposed to the late nineteenth century Vienna in college and having uncovered a profound interest in this time and place, Mr. Edwards used lots of facts in which to bring his realistic characters to life. He also allowed his fictional characters to interact with actual historical figures.
This book is told by Flora, the mother of the main character, Wheeler Burden. She tells the story of how her son one day in 1988 found himself suddenly walking the streets of Vienna in 1897. He had no recollection of how he happened to get there. It was fortunate that Wheeler had learned so much about this very dynamic time period during his days in High School from Professor Esterhazy. He was able to set about the task of living there.
This book challenged me intellectually, made me ponder things that never before interested me, and made me savor and appreciate the fine craftsmanship that went into this book. As I said, this is one of my favorite books of all time. Considering the number of books I read, this is high praise. Yet, it still seems insufficient praise for a book of this quality! Thanks for this unforgettable book, Mr. Edwards.