The Trick Of It

Paperback | December 1, 2002

byMichael Frayn

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He knows everything about her before they meet: the make of pen she writes with, her exact height, the various honorary degrees she holds. He knows more about her nine novels and 27 short stories than she does herself. Naturally--he has devoted his life to studying and teaching them, and he reveres them. Also, he is four times as clever as she is.

The Trick of It is a comic and painful voyage of exploration into the creative process and the feelings it arouses in others. The humble academic disciple finds himself admitted to his subject's life, and off to this oldest friend go a series of dispatches--by turns awed and patronizing, reverential and jealous, disingenuous and appallingly frank.

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He knows everything about her before they meet: the make of pen she writes with, her exact height, the various honorary degrees she holds. He knows more about her nine novels and 27 short stories than she does herself. Naturally--he has devoted his life to studying and teaching them, and he reveres them. Also, he is four times as cleve...

Michael Frayn is the author of ten novels, including the bestselling Headlong and Spies. He has also written 13 plays, among them Noises Off and Copenhagen, which won three Tony Awards in 1999. He lives in London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.51 × 5.63 × 0.45 inPublished:December 1, 2002Publisher:Picador USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312421443

ISBN - 13:9780312421441

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He uses a comic technique for themes that are not funny at all. The reader is softened at first by laughter...but then a latent gravity becomes patent though the touch remains light.