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Expertly written, genuine fun...Frayn builds his puzzle so painstakingly and tells his story so engagingly, you want to jump in his lap and build a nest.--Alex Witchel, The New York Times Book Review A masterly crafted farce...Under Frayns peerless choreography, the comedy gods of mistaken identity are having a mad romp. Frayn is so devilishly good at clicking the pie Expertly written, genuine fun...Frayn builds his puzzle so painstakingly and tells his story so engagingly, you want to jump in his lap and build a nest.--Alex Witchel, The New York Times Book Review A masterly crafted farce...Under Frayns peerless choreography, the comedy gods of mistaken identity are having a mad romp. Frayn is so devilishly good at clicking the pieces into place that watching him build his contraption is its own entertainment.--Entertainment Weekly On the private Greek island of Skios, the high-paying guests of a world-renowned foundation prepare for the annual keynote address, to be given this year by Dr. Norman Wilfred, an eminent authority on the scientific organization of science. He turns out to be surprisingly youthful, handsome, and charming--quite unlike his reputation as dry and intimidating. Everyone is soon eating out of his hands. So, even sooner, is Nikki, the foundations attractive and efficient organizer. Meanwhile, in a remote villa at the other end of the island, Nikkis old friend Georgie has rashly agreed to spend a furtive horizontal weekend with a notorious schemer, who has characteristically failed to turn up. Trapped there with her instead is a pompous, balding individual called Dr. Norman Wilfred, who has lost his whereabouts, his luggage, his temper, and increasingly all sense of reality--indeed, everything he possesses other than the text of a well-traveled lecture on the scientific organization of science. In a spiraling farce about upright academics, gilded captains of industry, ambitious climbers, and dotty philanthropists, Michael Frayn, the farceur by whom all others must be measured (CurtainUp), tells a story of personal and professional disintegration, probing his eternal theme of how we know what we know even as he delivers us to the outer limits of hilarity.

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Expertly written, genuine fun...Frayn builds his puzzle so painstakingly and tells his story so engagingly, you want to jump in his lap and build a nest.--Alex Witchel, The New York Times Book Review A masterly crafted farce...Under Frayns peerless choreography, the comedy gods of mistaken identity are having a mad romp. Frayn is so devilishly good at clicking the pie Expertly written, genuine fun...Frayn builds his puzzle so painstakingly and tells his story so engagingly, you want to jump in his lap and build a nest.--Alex Witchel, The New York Times Book Review A masterly crafted farce...Under Frayns peerless choreography, the comedy gods of mistaken identity are having a mad romp. Frayn is so devilishly good at clicking the pieces into place that watching him build his contraption is its own entertainment.--Entertainment Weekly On the private Greek island of Skios, the high-paying guests of a world-renowned foundation prepare for the annual keynote address, to be given this year by Dr. Norman Wilfred, an eminent authority on the scientific organization of science. He turns out to be surprisingly youthful, handsome, and charming--quite unlike his reputation as dry and intimidating. Everyone is soon eating out of his hands. So, even sooner, is Nikki, the foundations attractive and efficient organizer. Meanwhile, in a remote villa at the other end of the island, Nikkis old friend Georgie has rashly agreed to spend a furtive horizontal weekend with a notorious schemer, who has characteristically failed to turn up. Trapped there with her instead is a pompous, balding individual called Dr. Norman Wilfred, who has lost his whereabouts, his luggage, his temper, and increasingly all sense of reality--indeed, everything he possesses other than the text of a well-traveled lecture on the scientific organization of science. In a spiraling farce about upright academics, gilded captains of industry, ambitious climbers, and dotty philanthropists, Michael Frayn, the farceur by whom all others must be measured (CurtainUp), tells a story of personal and professional disintegration, probing his eternal theme of how we know what we know even as he delivers us to the outer limits of hilarity.
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Title Skios Height 198 mm
Michael Frayn Width 129 mm
ISBN-13 9780571281459 Binding PAPERBACK
ISBN-10 #0571281451 Spine Width 18 mm
Publisher Penguin Books Pages 288
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