A Fool's Alphabet by Sebastian Faulks

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Pietro Russell's nomadic life unfolds alphabetically, not chronologically, with each segment from A to Z corresponding to the first letter of a place, such as L for Lyndonville, the town in which he fell in love. By the author of A Trick of the Light.

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Published January 1, 1992 by Hutchinson. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From these beginnings, the novel unfolds, becoming the story of Pietro's life in 26 chapters, each named for its setting and arranged in alphabetical (but not chronological) order, starting, for example, with Anzio in 1944 (where Pietro's father was wounded and met Francesca), going on to Backley...

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Arranging the 26 chapters alphabetically by place name, and jumping around chronologically as well as geographically, Faulks ( A Trick of the Light ) creates a prismatic effect, illuminating from many angles his restless hero's inner turmoil and search for self.

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The facts of Pietro's life are straightforward: a placid, greedy baby, he grows into a solemn child who reads to his Italian mother 'in a halting, loud voice, like an East European trade unionist determined to deliver in English a fraternal greeting to delegates'.

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