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Albatross

A Novel
Auteur(s): Terry Fallis
Narrateur(s): Terry Fallis
Durée: 9 h et 37 min
Catégories: Littérature, Contemporain
4 out of 5 stars (13 évaluations)

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Description

National best seller

From two-time Leacock Medal winner Terry Fallis comes a funny and smart new novel about destiny - and what it means to forge your own path.

Adam Coryell is your average high-school student - well, except for that obsession with fountain pens - when his life changes forever. Based on a study by a quirky Swedish professor that claims that every human being, regardless of athletic inclination, has a body that is suited to excel in at least one sport, it turns out that Adam is good - very good, in fact - at golf. Even though he'd never even picked up a golf club.

Almost instantly, and with his coach, hard-nosed Bobbie Davenport by his side, Adam and his new-found talent skyrocket to a prodigy-level stardom that includes tournament titles, sponsorship deals, throngs of fans following his every move, and fodder for tabloids.

But here's the catch: Adam doesn't really like golf. And as the life he once knew slips away - including the love of his life, the dream of being a writer, and everyday normalcy - he can't help but wonder if all this success and fame is worth it...or if it's enough for him.

Heartwarming and funny, sweeping and entertaining, Terry Fallis's new book takes listeners on a journey of self-discovery.

©2019 Terry Fallis (P)2019 McClelland & Stewart

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Fallis writes from another time, when Wodehouse and Leacock and Twain roamed the earth. May he never become extinct." (LinwoodBarclay, New York Times best-selling author of A Noise Downstairs)

“It's hard not to get excited about a new Terry Fallis novel, and it is equally hard not to fall in love with Adam Coryell, the big-hearted, sarcastic, fountain-pen-obsessed hero of Albatross, a young golf prodigy who just wants to write short stories. In his inimitable style, Fallis has crafted a tender, funny, and compulsively readable novel about what it means to stay true to your dreams, and to yourself. Do yourself a favour and pick up this book - you won't put it down again until the final page has been turned.” (Amy Jones, author of We're All In this Together and Every Little Piece of Me

"Booklovers, rejoice and buy this book! In Albatross, Terry Fallis has found the antidote for what ails our sorry world. May millions of you benefit!” (Alan Bradley, New York Times best-selling author of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie)

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The concepts driving the plot are interesting and the character quirks entertaining, however, it seems at no point that the characters face any real challenges. This, unfortunately, makes the arc of the story all too predictable. Learned a lot about pens, though!

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Terry Fallis 7th is arguably the best!

Terry Fallis used his pen, or shall I say several of his pens, to dissect human psyche by digging under his protagonist’s (Adam Choryell), skin asking ethical and philosophical questions about happiness, satisfaction and certainly love.
In doing so, he was able to strike a delicate balance between the poetic and romantic yet the funny and dramatic and heartwarming styles that is a signature trademark to Terry Fallis.
I loved being reminded about how reading can change the life of not only a person but possibly an entire nation, something highly needed these days. I loved how Adam’s teacher, Ms. Davenport, brilliantly described it: “I came to understand how the power of words and stories could leave you transfixed, transposed, and transformed.” I think everyone should read this book, especially teens at Adam’s age. Thank you, Terry, for the words, the humour and the enlightenment.