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Sacred Hunger

by Barry Unsworth

W. W. Norton & Company | November 1, 1993 | Trade Paperback

Sacred Hunger is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
Set in the beautiful landscape and rich history of Umbria, Italy, Booker Prize-winning author Barry Unsworth has written a witty and illuminating work of contemporary manners and morals. The region where Hannibal defeated the Romans is now prey to a different type of invasion: outsiders buying villas with innocent and not so innocent dreams. Among those clustered along one hillside road are the Greens, a retired American couple seeking serenity; the Chapmans, whose dispute over a wall escalates into a feud of operatic proportions; and Fabio and Arturo, a gay couple who, searching for peace and self-sufficiency, find treachery instead. Add to this mix a wily and corrupt British "building expert", and a lawyer who practices subterfuge and plans his client''s actions like military strategy, and you have a sharp, entertaining, and satisfyingly bittersweet work.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 629 pages, 8.28 × 5.52 × 1.19 in

Published: November 1, 1993

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393311147

ISBN - 13: 9780393311143

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Filling A fascinating, well-crafted look at society and the slave trade in 18th century England, a profound comment on people and commerce of any age, and an engaging story, too. I was awestruck by the amount of research the author must have done, and how he seamlessly and with a light hand incorporated information into the story. There were times that the story dragged a bit, and I found that the secondary characters seemed more rounded than some of the main characters, but certainly a worthwhile read.
Date published: 2000-08-03

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Sacred Hunger

by Barry Unsworth

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 629 pages, 8.28 × 5.52 × 1.19 in

Published: November 1, 1993

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393311147

ISBN - 13: 9780393311143

From the Publisher

Set in the beautiful landscape and rich history of Umbria, Italy, Booker Prize-winning author Barry Unsworth has written a witty and illuminating work of contemporary manners and morals. The region where Hannibal defeated the Romans is now prey to a different type of invasion: outsiders buying villas with innocent and not so innocent dreams. Among those clustered along one hillside road are the Greens, a retired American couple seeking serenity; the Chapmans, whose dispute over a wall escalates into a feud of operatic proportions; and Fabio and Arturo, a gay couple who, searching for peace and self-sufficiency, find treachery instead. Add to this mix a wily and corrupt British "building expert", and a lawyer who practices subterfuge and plans his client''s actions like military strategy, and you have a sharp, entertaining, and satisfyingly bittersweet work.

About the Author

Barry Unsworth is the author of "Losing Nelson", "After Hannibal", "Morality Play", the Booker Prize-winning "Sacred Hunger", & many other works. He lives in Italy.
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