The Calligrapher by Edward Docx
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This beguiling first novel is a provocative romantic comedy centered on a young London calligrapher named Jasper, who is an engaging, intelligent serial seducer and a breaker of hearts. But when he meets Madeleine, a captivating but enigmatic woman who is his equal in every way, he falls helplessly in love. Vulnerable for the first time, he is headed for his comeuppance at last. Jasper is transcribing the Songs and Sonnets of that other great lover, John Donne, for a rich American client. As he works on them (revealing to us the fascinating art of the calligrapher), he discovers that these wise and beautiful love poems illuminate his own experiences -- of the difference between love and lust, of the play of truth and deceit between men and women, of the cost of constancy.
As well as bringing modern London vividly to life, The Calligrapher is keenly observant of contemporary relationships and modern mores. Underlying its sparkling surface are Jasper's wry but heartfelt lamentations about the diminishment of our culture: the trivial masquerading as the consequential, the rising tide of ignorance, the triumph of the lowest common denominator. At once wickedly witty and deeply serious, sweet and cynical, romantic and reflective, this stylish, wonderfully entertaining novel is an accomplished and exciting literary debut.

About Edward Docx

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Edward Docx is the author of the acclaimed The Calligrapher, named a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. He lives in London.
Published October 7, 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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Jasper Jackson is one of those exquisite young men who, in any other place than England, would almost certainly be gay.

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Docx prefaces each chapter with the sonnet Jasper is working on, and close reading reveals that the subject of each poem corresponds to Jasper's emotional state.

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Book Reporter

If you were to determine the precise opposite of the typical Chick Lit heroine --- think Bridget Jones and her collection of crippling neuroses --- you'd have Jasper Jackson, the 29-year-old narrator and, well, perhaps hero isn't the right word, of Edward Docx's winning debut, THE CALLIGRAPHER.

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Entertainment Weekly

Jasper is no more a cad than the average single 29-year-old male -- just far more honest and far more hilarious than most (think Hugh Grant minus the stutter plus some hair on his chest).

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