Headlong : a novel
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New York : Picador USA/Henry Holt & Co., 2000, ©1999.
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An unlikely con man wagers wife, wealth, and sanity in pursuit of an elusive Old Master.

Invited to dinner by the boorish local landowner, Martin Clay, an easily distracted philosopher, and his art-historian wife are asked to assess three dusty paintings blocking the draught from the chimney. But hiding beneath the soot is nothing less-Martin believes-than a lost work by Bruegel. So begins a hilarious trail of lies and concealments, desperate schemes and soaring hopes as Martin, betting all that he owns and much that he doesn't, embarks on a quest to prove his hunch, win his wife over, and separate the painting from its owner.

In Headlong, Michael Frayn, "the master of what is seriously funny" (Anthony Burgess), offers a procession of superbly realized characters, from the country squire gone to seed to his giddy, oversexed young wife. All are burdened by human muddle and human cravings; all are searching for a moral compass as they grapple with greed, folly, and desire. And at the heart of the clamor is Breugel's vision, its dark tones warning of the real risks of temptation and obsession.

With this new novel, Michael Frayn has given us entertainment of the highest order. Supremely wise and wickedly funny, Headlong elevates Frayn into the front rank of contemporary novelists.

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344 pages ; 21 cm.
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English
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0312267460, 9780312267469

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Originally published in Great Britain in 1999 by Faber & Faber Ltd. originally published in the United States by Metropolitan Books.
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A British comedy in which academic Martin Clay is asked by a boorish country squire to assess his paintings. Clay spots what he suspects is a Bruegel and so begins a tale of lies and concealment as he schemes to separate the painting from its owner. By the author of Now You Know.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Frayn, M. (20001999). Headlong: a novel. New York: Picador USA/Henry Holt & Co.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Frayn, Michael. 20001999. Headlong: A Novel. New York: Picador USA/Henry Holt & Co.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Frayn, Michael, Headlong: A Novel. New York: Picador USA/Henry Holt & Co, 20001999.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Frayn, Michael. Headlong: A Novel. New York: Picador USA/Henry Holt & Co, 20001999. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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