The Vices

byLawrence DouglasRead byAndy Caploe

June 14, 2016|
The Vices by Lawrence Douglas
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Oliver Vice, 41, prominent philosopher, scholar, and art collector, is missing and presumed dead, over the side of Queen Mary 2.

Troubled by his friend''s possible suicide, the unnamed narrator of Lawrence Douglas'' new novel launches an all-consuming investigation into Vice''s life history. Douglas, moving backward through time, tells a mordantly humorous story of fascination turned obsession, as his narrator peels back the layers of the Vice family''s rich and bizarre history. At the heart of the family are Francizka, Oliver''s handsome, overbearing, vaguely anti-Semitic Hungarian mother, and his fraternal twin brother, Bartholomew, a gigantic and troubled young man with a morbid interest in Europe''s great tyrants. As the narrator finds himself drawn into a battle over the family''s money and art, he comes to sense that someone—or perhaps the entire family—is hiding an unsavory past. Pursuing the truth from New York to London, from Budapest to Portugal, he remains oblivious to the irony of the search: that in his need to understand Vice''s life, he is really grappling with ambivalence about his own.

LAWRENCE DOUGLAS'' s writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Hudson Review, McSweeney''s, and the New Yorker, and he is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Times Literary Supplement. He teaches at Amherst College and lives in Boston.
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Title:The Vices
Format:Audio Book (CD)
Product dimensions:6.75 X 5.25 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:6.75 X 5.25 X 0.5 in
Published:June 14, 2016
Publisher:Brilliance Audio
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781522666806

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