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The Little Book

A Novel

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Description

Thirty years in the writing, Selden Edwards' dazzling first novel is an irresistible triumph of the imagination. Wheeler Burden-banking heir, philosopher, student of history, legend's son, rock idol, writer, lover, recluse, half-Jew, and Harvard baseball hero-one day finds himself wandering not in his hometown of San Francisco in 1988 but in a city and time he knows mysteriously well: Vienna, 1897. Before long, Wheeler acquires a mentor in Sigmund Freud, a bitter rival, a powerful crush on a luminous young woman, and encounters everyone from an eight-year-old Adolf Hitler to Mark Twain as well as the young members of his own family. Solving the riddle of Wheeler's dislocation in time will ultimately reveal nothing short of one eccentric family's unrivaled impact upon the course of human history.

Edwards, author of The Lost Prince, brilliantly weaves romance, art, history, and culture in this unforgettable and dazzling debut novel.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 28, 2008 – A major BEA galley to grab, this debut from retired California private school headmaster Edwards pulls a Back to the Future on the Vienna that produced The Interpretation of Dreams and, eventually, Mein Kampf with a little Bill & Ted thrown in for good measure.The Little BookSelden Edwards. Dutton, (416p) The subtitle of Edwards's Twain-indebted debut, written over the course of 30 years, might be A California Yankee in Doctor Freud's Court. Following a physical assault, Stan Wheeler Burden is precipitated into the past 1897 Vienna, to be exact from 1988 San Francisco. Wheeler has been a teenage baseball star and famed rock 'n' roller, but he's dreamed of Vienna since his prep school days, where his teacher, Arnauld Esterhazy, instilled a love of the city's gilded paradoxes. Vienna of 1897 is indeed hopping: Freud is discovering the Oedipus complex, Mahler is conducting his symphonies, and the mayor, Karl Lueger, is inventing modern, populist anti-Semitism which the young Hitler will soon internalize. Making this a true oedipal drama, Wheeler's father and grandparents come to town, too, all at different ages, and with very different agendas. Edwards has great fun with time travel paradoxes and anachronisms, but the real romance in this book is with the period, topped by nostalgia for the old-school American elite, as represented by the we-all-went-to-the-same-prep-school Burdens. This novel ends up a sweet, wistful elegy to the fantastic promise and failed hopes of the 20th century.

Customer Reviews

The Little Book

This book goes on my all time favorite list! I couldn't put it down and read it over three days. I was recovering from minor surgery and it kept me on the edge of the bed! The story was riveting and superbly written. It was.imaginative, engaging, and so very original! I fell in love with all the characters and laughed and cried right along with all of them. I hope there is a sequel. I would love to read more about Wheeler's crazy life. Finally! A story that knocks your socks off!
Lisa

The Little Book
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Aug 14, 2008
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
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