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The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai (Paperback)

By DeWitt, Helen

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'A triumph - a genuinely new story, a genuinely new form' A. S. Byatt, New Yorker The fact is that 99 out of 100 adults spare themselves the trouble of rational thought 99% of the time Sibylla, an American-at-Oxford turned loose on London, finds herself trapped as a single mother... after a misguided one-night stand. High-minded principles of child-rearing work disastrously well. J. S. Mill (taught Greek at three) and Yo Yo Ma (Bach at two) claimed the methods would work with any child; when these succeed with the boy Ludo, he causes havoc at school and is home again in a month. (Is he a prodigy, a genius? Readers looking over Ludo's shoulder find themselves easily reading Greek and more.) Lacking male role models for a fatherless boy, Sibylla turns to endless replays of Kurosawa's masterpiece Seven Samurai. But Ludo is obsessed with the one thing he wants and doesn't know: his father's name. At eleven, inspired by his own take on the classic film, he sets out on a secret quest for the father he never knew. He'll be punched, sliced, and threatened with retribution. He may not live to see twelve. Or he may find a real samurai and save a mother who thinks boredom a fate worse than death.
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ISBN 9781784707965
Released NZ 28 May 2018
Publisher Vintage
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781784707965
Stock Available
Status Reprinting locally, In Stock Internationally
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Released 28 May 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By DeWitt, Helen
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 496
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 31mm
Dewey Code 813.6
Weight 391g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress FICTION / Family Life, Mothers and sons - Fiction, Americans - Fiction - England, Gifted children - Fiction, Father figures - Fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade