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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (417 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: G. B. Edwards Narrator: Roy Dotrice Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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Ebenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late 20th century. Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between England and France yet a world away from either. Ebenezer himself is fiercely independent, but as he reaches the end of his life he is determined to tell his own story and the story of those he has known. He writes of family secrets and feuds, unforgettable friendships and friendships betrayed, love glimpsed and lost.

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is a beautifully detailed chronicle of a life, but it is equally an oblique reckoning with the traumas of the 20th century, as Ebenezer recalls both the men lost to the Great War and the German Occupation of Guernsey during World War II, and looks with despair at the encroachments of commerce and tourism on his beloved island.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 2/16/2014

    " The last 100 pages of this book were amazing! The rest of the book was good, but not as amazing as the end -- although the end would not have been as excellent if I had not read the beginning. A sad, melancholy tale of a life lived and ended joyfully. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 2/10/2014

    " One of the best I've read in years and years. I volunteered to give up my seat on an overbooked flight to continue reading. I meted out the last few short chapters and started rereading the preface before I'd finished. I'm beside myself that it's over, and that Edwards is no more. Ebenezer is one of the great characters in 20th century English language fiction. Right up there with Sarah Monday. I love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck LoPresti | 1/24/2014

    " Another very engaging one of a kind book from NYRB. This was a bit of a slow read, especially in the first third as the characters are developed slowly and with skill not so much in the style of prose but skill in great story-telling. The "plot" is very simple: an elderly man with no children writes his memoirs of his life that spans WW1 and WW2. What's engaging here is the man himself - Ebenezer is the kind of grandpa most people would love to have. He's fiercely independent, wise, energetic, passionate, honest and curious and that's the type of grandpa I'd like to be someday. It's hard to write this review and not think about my life compared to the lives as drawn by Edwards and I suppose that's part of the charm of this book. This book will certainly get you thinking about the measure of your existence and I think it does so in a really powerful and genuine way. There's no lofty philosophical diatribes on display here but rather the practical wisdom and insight of an observant man. There's humor to be found but I think the back cover review that claims it's as funny as it is sexy is misleading. You'll spend more time crying than laughing and unless the difference between an ankle and a knee skirt gets you randy - there's really nothing sexy about this book. I'm not exactly sure who I'd suggest this book to apart from the bookish (and these are my people) or those that need some grandfatherly family caulk in their leaky lives. As a document of a life led in a specific time and place - it's pretty much perfect. Don't expect a thrill ride or ornate prose but rather expect to be moved by the story of the life of a very interesting man with some great stories to tell. Stay with it through the character development and the stories will stay with you for a long time. Really long I hope. This isn't one of the greatest books written - but it is among my favorites. I really love the book's design FWIW - the Kitaj cover is just perfect - it was great to see this laying around for the slow month I took to read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camilla | 1/14/2014

    " this is my very favorite book. starts slow, but draws you in. the end made me cry. i reread it all the time and buy every copy i see. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod | 1/7/2014

    " A semi-autobiographical novel written as the memoir of a crusty (yet kindhearted) old bachelor who has lived his entire life on the island of Guernsey, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is the only novel completed by G.B. Edwards, who didn't begin writing the novel until he was in his seventies. Discursive and digressive to the point that you begin to wonder if there is a point (hint: there is), Ebenezer's tale is nonetheless enthralling as you become swept up in his reminiscences of friends, family, loved ones and enemies over the course of an eighty-year lifespan. The German occupation of Guernsey during World War II is at the center of the novel, but that is only a relatively minor part of the story (although its repercussions are felt throughout the rest of the book). The book is really about Ebenezer's relationship to the island home that he loves and to his friends and relations, and his desire to leave a legacy behind now that he is reaching the end of his life. Funny, joyous and sad, Ebenezer Le Page is one of a kind, a truly special book. I've never read anything quite like it before, and I don't expect I ever will. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 12/31/2013

    " Highly entertaining autobiographical fiction about a man living out his life on the island of Guernsey, with a memorable cast of eccentric characters. Goes on a little too long but wraps up nicely, and the narrator's "voice" is one of the most memorable in fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aengus | 12/6/2013

    " A crabby old man looks back on his life. Narrated in the Guernsey dialect, it's hard to follow until you get used to Ebenezer's way of speaking. Odd and wonderful book with a heartbreaking ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie Watkins | 10/12/2013

    " sniff sniff "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olya | 10/9/2013

    " the case in point that some times, on book is all it takes to make an author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noah Kuhn | 10/5/2013

    " Top 10 of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 andrew | 8/26/2013

    " slow (sometimes painfully so) particularly at the start. however the book exudes "life" and the voice of Ebenezer is so genuine and entertaining that I found the book impossible not to love in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linden | 8/7/2013

    " This is a novel of substance about life on the island of Guernsey from the early 20th century until the mid-60's. Really poignant. NYRB. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyceling | 4/21/2013

    " Fascinating and riveting in its own strange way, for the most part. Sometimes difficult to sort out the people, but you keep having to go back to it. The cranky old coot is such a character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Cullen | 3/13/2013

    " One of the few books I have read several times and confidently expect to reread several more. A wonderful achievement; a moving and funny account of a life lived from its prime to old age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/11/2013

    " As I read this I grew to love Ebenezer and his island - though he is not always an easy person to like, and the island is a very limited world. I know I'll return to this book again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/8/2013

    " Of all the books I've ever read, this is the one I most did not want to come to an ending. Beautiful, sweet, quirky, powerful. I've re-read it five times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melisa | 10/9/2012

    " Didn't finish - possible check-out again? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 9/5/2012

    " I like cranky old farts. "

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