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The Resource What you want : or, The pursuit of happiness, Constantine Phipps

What you want : or, The pursuit of happiness, Constantine Phipps

Label
What you want : or, The pursuit of happiness
Title
What you want
Title remainder
or, The pursuit of happiness
Statement of responsibility
Constantine Phipps
Title variation
Pursuit of happiness
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Patrick is still in love with his separated wife. Returning with their son after a trip to an amusement park, he begs, one last time, to reconcile with her. When she refuses, he is driven to thoughtless desperation: a bottle of sleeping pills, a bottle of whisky. And in his dying dream, he revisits that theme park of childish desire. There he finds the landscape - still garish and indulgent - has evolved. The attractions are religion, money and sex. The characters - costumed and acted - are transformed into Jefferson, Xunzi, Aristotle. And their purpose is to instruct Patrick in the pursuit of happiness throughout human history. But Patrick can only answer with his own story. He remembers falling in love with Louise. Recalls the enlightenment of their youth and the banality of their family life. He tells of their marriage, how it came under strain after the birth of his son; how he cheated; the unravelling of all his joy. Yet still his love persists. Beginning with the first line of Dante's Divine Comedy and taking in Disneyworld, the Declaration of Independence and the canon of philosophy in its stride, What You Want is a literary feat: a novel written entirely in verse, depicting life in all its ordinariness. It gives voice to a new Everyman and brings forth an unparalleled modern epic
Cataloging source
AU@
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Phipps, Constantine
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Divorced men
Target audience
adult
Label
What you want : or, The pursuit of happiness, Constantine Phipps
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000054864999
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 310 pages
Isbn
9781848664371
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2014431699
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)911056040
Label
What you want : or, The pursuit of happiness, Constantine Phipps
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000054864999
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 310 pages
Isbn
9781848664371
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2014431699
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)911056040

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