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Word Child, a (1975) [Novel]
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This is the story of a poor boy, Hilary Burde, who is rescued from a delinquent childhood by the examination system and a power over words. Other rescuers are his schoolmaster and his sister. Hilary is finding his way very well in the world until he makes a mistake about a woman. We meet him, when the story opens, twenty years later and about to encounter again the man whom he wronged in the past. Bitter disappointment and guilt have led Hilary to seek refuge in a self-destructive obscurity. He is now offered an opportunity to attempt a redemption of the past. But it is not so easy to carry out this work. Is one the same person now as one was twenty years ago? On the other hand, is once a violent child, always a violent child? Hilary sets about his task with zeal as soon as he begins to realise that it concerns his own salvation. He is supported, hindered, exasperated, criticised by his illiterate sister, whom he loves more than anything in the world, and by the zany mistress he is half-heartedly trying to abandon. But another woman is shortly to become the bright star in his life. His attempts at reconciliation soon turn into a struggle with his old friend and adversary. Fear, muddle, misunderstanding, and the awful power of Eros, move toward tragedy. Is there, for men without God, some kind of grace which can cure hatred and resentment? Or must these deep fatal traces remain forever unredeemed?

Original title: A Word Child
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

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Word Child, a (1975)
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Language: English

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Word Child, a (2002)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Vintage Classics
ISBN: 9780099429128
Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.6 x 1.1 in
Pages: 400

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Word Child, a (1986)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780140081534
Dimensions: 5 x 7 x 1 in
Pages: 400

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Word Child, a (1977)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Panther
ISBN: 9780586044308
Pages: 400

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Word Child, a (1976)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780140042863
Dimensions: 5 x 7 x 1 in
Pages: 400

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Word Child, a (1975)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
ISBN: 0701120924
Dimensions: x x x
Pages: 390

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Word Child, a (1975)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Viking
ISBN: 9780670782369
Pages: 390

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