The Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G.B. Edwards

By G.B. Edwards

Ebenezer Le web page, cantankerous, opinionated, and fascinating, is without doubt one of the so much compelling literary creations of the past due 20th century. 80 years previous, Ebenezer has lived his entire lifestyles at the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a spot stuck among the coasts of britain and France but an international except both. Ebenezer himself is fiercely self reliant, yet as he reaches the top of his existence he's decided to inform his personal tale and the tales of these he has recognized. He writes of relations secrets and techniques and feuds, unforgettable friendships and friendships betrayed, love glimpsed and misplaced. The publication of Ebenezer Le web page is a superbly particular chronicle of a existence, however it is both an indirect reckoning with the traumas of the 20 th century, as Ebenezer remembers either the boys misplaced to the good battle and the German profession of Guernsey in the course of global struggle II, and appears with melancholy on the encroachments of trade and tourism on his loved island. G. B. Edwards worked in obscurity all his existence and accomplished The ebook of Ebenezer Le web page almost immediately sooner than his loss of life. released posthumously, the publication is a triumph of the storyteller’s artwork that inspires the extreme voice of a residing man."Imagine a weekend spent in deep dialog with an excellent outdated guy, a crusty, clever, passionate and individualistic personality on the height of his powers as a raconteur, and you'll have an outstanding principles of the impression of The e-book of Ebenezer Le Page...It amuses, it entertains, it strikes us...” –The Washington Post"A actual epic, as attractive because it is hilarious, it sort of feels soaking wet with the cruel tidal beauties of its setting...For everyone nearing retirement, each latent author who hopes to go away his island and locate the literary mainland, its author–quiet, self-sufficient, tidy Homeric–remains a consumer saint." –Allan Gurganus, O journal

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He said it suffered. If it was dropped in boiling water, it died outright. It was one of the few things my mother had to do as she was told. She didn't like having to cook it that way, because sometimes the claws came off from the shock and the water got in. The crab I like best, me, is the spider crab. I like to see him on the table in a dish: round and with his legs out like a spider, and knobs and spikes sticking up on his back. I used to catch lady-crabs. They are male and female like all the other creatures in the world.

She was a good woman. She read the Bible day and night and, towards the end, when she got so big she couldn't move, she did hardly anything else. She had been a handsome woman in her time, going by her photo of before she was married. She had straight black hair parted in the middle and done in a chignon at the back of her neck; and was in a black dress from under her chin to the tips of her toes, and wore a bustle. When she was a widow, she wore a black crepe veil over her face for a year; and then went into half mourning and put a mauve flower in her bonnet.

Goodness, a penny would have done! I had to keep my eyes skinned for some boy who had been to Sunday School, so as I would know what the golden text was for that Sunday. I usually managed to nab Bill Rihoy, who lived at L'Islet; but I don't think he always remembered it right. ' As I have said before, he got some funny ideas in his head, my father. I put the money I made in my money-box. I didn't tell a soul: not even my sister. It wasn't she was a tell-tale. She was the most honest and straightforward girl and woman I have known in my whole life.

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