City of Your Final Destination

City of Your Final Destination This startling beautiful novel set in South America explores the mysterious concepts of love and home Omar has won an award to write the authorised biography of a celebrated yet obscure writer Jules

  • Title: City of Your Final Destination
  • Author: Peter Cameron
  • ISBN: 9781857029734
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • This startling, beautiful novel set in South America explores the mysterious concepts of love and home Omar has won an award to write the authorised biography of a celebrated yet obscure writer, Jules Gund, author of The Gondola It only remains for him to obtain permission from Gund s literary executors his widow, his mistress and his brother Their lives still revolveThis startling, beautiful novel set in South America explores the mysterious concepts of love and home Omar has won an award to write the authorised biography of a celebrated yet obscure writer, Jules Gund, author of The Gondola It only remains for him to obtain permission from Gund s literary executors his widow, his mistress and his brother Their lives still revolve around Ochos Rios, a dilapidated mansion in Uruguay that Gund s parents built after fleeing Nazi Germany The three cannot agree to approve the work although Adam Gund feels sure this will not stop Omar, because biographers are clever, vindictive, ruthless people If Omar cannot reverse the executors decision, he will lose his award, his job and, perhaps, his redoubtable girlfriend Not allowing himself time for reflection, Omar acts against instinct and flies to Uruguay There, he disturbs the uneasy intimacy of the world Gund has left behind and changes it forever.
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    • Pat says:

      Mi sono trovata fra le mani un ricamo dorato. Non c'è pagina che si faccia lenta o spenta, che perda colore o profumo, silenzio o suono. Aggiungo: sentirete i pesci "mordicchiare" le bollicine d'aria attaccate alle vostre dita immerse nell'acqua della fontana.Non conoscevo Cameron. Felice di averlo incontrato sul mio cammino.

    • jo says:

      just like peter cameron's more recent Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, this is an extremely sweet book. the protagonist is a rather lost 28-year-old graduate student in some university in kansas who has decided to write as his dissertation the authorized biography of a fairly obscure, recently-dead author and has received a generous scholarship for this endeavor (the caricature of academia won't be lost on most readers). unfortunately, he didn't make sure, first, that the authorization w [...]

    • Silvia Sirea says:

      La luce di questo romanzo, che potrei definire magica, è evidente sin dalle prime pagine. Anzi, già il titolo stesso - quello italiano, almeno - la incorpora e ne suggerisce il senso.La prosa di Peter Cameron è melodiosa e rassicurante, i dialoghi sono arguti e brillanti. Arricchiscono una trama dalla struttura semplice che però non viene resa affatto banale.Omar è un giovane e insicuro dottorando dell'Università del Kansas al quale viene affidato il compito di scrivere una biografia su Ju [...]

    • Sub_zero says:

      Los libros de Cameron se leen como el discurso tambaleante de un adolescente con problemas de autoestima. A veces no sabes muy bien lo que quiere decir. A veces cuesta arrancarle las palabras adecuadas. Sus historias están labradas en el incómodo silencio de quien precisa andarse un buen rato por las ramas antes de soltar una revelación brutal. Sin embargo, todos esos escollos presentes en el canal comunicativo derivan en un magistral estudio de campo sobre las relaciones interpersonales que [...]

    • Tittirossa says:

      E' come un mosaico che si compone sotto i nostri occhi, e man mano che le tessere danno forma ad un'immagine si è pervasi da una sensazione di serenità. La storia ha la strutta di una quest in cui il protagonista - Omar - attraversa una serie di prove e nel superarle cambia, matura, trova la propria strada. E' la scrittura e non tanto la storia ad essere rasserenante. Procede per piccolissimi passi - una frase, un dialogo, un dettaglio dopo l'altro - fino a costruire una storia "positiva". Ma [...]

    • Katrina says:

      I can't quite pinpoint what attracted me to this story, yet I found myself eager to return to it each time I had to put it down to attend to real life. It's hardly action packed, and is truly a character driven novel in the truest sense. I think that's what intrigued me; I know it's completely voyeuristic, but I loved observing the characters and eavesdropping on their conversations. My criticism is that each of the characters *felt* like characters in a story. I couldn't really lose myself in t [...]

    • Silvia Iaia says:

      Da tempo non leggevo un romanzo così delicato nello stile e arguto nei dialoghi (Adam é un genio!). Una bella storia sul coraggio di partire, cambiare idea e cambiare la propria vita, a volte anche al costo di lasciar andare la persona amata!

    • Corey says:

      Fantastic book, involving and witty and smart and just a little left of center. Now I must find everything else by Cameron and read them all.

    • Jessica says:

      A beautiful novel: lush, poignant, perceptive, funny.

    • Sakura87 says:

      Sullo sfondo di un Uruguay spazzato dal vento estivo di una sera di gennaio, Omar Razaghi, giovane studioso di letteratura, arriva nella sperduta e fatiscente dimora di Ochos Ríos. La sua borsa di studio è legata alla biografia di Jules Gund, autore di un capolavoro trascurato, la cui autorizzazione gli è stata negata via lettera dai suoi eredi testamentari.La passività di Omar lo avrebbe rassegnato a rinunciare al suo lavoro e al suo assegno di ricerca se la fidanzata Deirdre non lo avesse [...]

    • Gala says:

      Reseña disponible también en mi blog:ceresplaneta/2Omar Razaghi es un joven profesor de la Universidad de Kansas que tiene la intención de escribir una biografía sobre el difunto escritor Jules Gund. Para eso deberá conseguir la autorización de sus tres albaceas: Arden, su amante y madre de su hija, Caroline, su esposa y Adam, su hermano. Viajará, entonces, a Uruguay, en donde se encuentra la familia, y así intentará que le concedan el permiso para trabajar en el libro. Pero él no sabe [...]

    • Valentina says:

      This is my second Peter Cameron's novel, and I am not disappointed at all.The story is about Omar, a guy who gets a scholarship to write a biography about Jules Gund, a dead writer. The problem is that he needs the authorization of his family, and they deny it. So he leaves for Uruguay, which is the place where the writer's family lives, to make them change their mind.The characters' struggles and behaviors are all seen by a cyinic and realistic point of view, which aims to lay them bare.It deal [...]

    • Alessandro says:

      This is Peter Cameron's most widely acclaimed book, so after reading (and appreciating) Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You I was eager to read it.And I found that most of the praise was well-deserved. Personally, I would have devoted some more lines to the characterization of Omar Razaghi, but this is only a minor flaw when compared to the mirable structure of the book and its memorable characters: Caroline and Adam Gund, above all.I highly recommend it.

    • Lara says:

      Wonderful characters. My favorite thing about this book was the mysterious verse written inside the front cover, and the receipt from a Laguna Beach book store, which led me on my own miniature mystery. "In this fleeting momentwhat extravagant respiteas promethean sunsets blossom, blaze and secedefrom splendor to mystery.In this fleeting moment what extravangant respiteas booming surf speaks itsmystical passage acrossthe undreamed depths."

    • Duane Turner says:

      Woderful book that totally involes you with characters you wish could continue to spend time with as part of a long series. I can't wait to read his other books but hope their is a sequel to this one. Each character is revealed in such a gentle natural way you are drawn into their world rather than having them explained to you.

    • Ken says:

      starts simply and broadens into a work of unusual depth. is he our modern-day woolf?

    • Adam says:

      Ugh, burned by this author again! An indecisive love story the worse kinds of "love" storyMovie was better, everything Laura Linney touches turns to gold ✨

    • Ramonz says:

      Fermo restando che ho trovato questo libro per alcuni versi molto lento e inconcludente (o, per meglio dire, con una conclusione molto anticlimatica), devo ammettere che ha fatto molto bene al mio umore e mi ha messo un poco di serenità e calma. Cameron, attraverso questi dialoghi meravigliosamente realistici e fluidi, parla della ricerca di appartenenza, che non è il mero accettare la propria origine o la propria storia. Appartenere - e quindi appartenersi - implica una scelta consapevole che [...]

    • Joy H. says:

      Added 3/14/17. I didn't read this book. I watched a film adaptation.Below is the post I wrote about this story at my group:============================Once more I searched (in vain) for a good movie to stream. Anthony Hopkins sounded like a good bet. So I watched:"The City of Your Final Destination" (2009) Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney.on/dp/B00XRDAP3E/db/title/tt0896923/?I found it to be as dull as the title sounds. Bad bet.Adapted from the book: City of Your Final Destination by Peter C [...]

    • GiuseppeB says:

      Storia insignificante: tante chiacchere e nient'altro. Scrittura senza spessore, unico vantaggio il fatto che i protagonisti sono pochi e ben caratterizzati e quindi non si fa fatica a ricordarli.

    • Beverly says:

      This book was a recommendation by Reading Group Choices back in 2004. I'd never even heard of the book but the description was interesting so I decided to give it a shot. Although there is no suspense, intrigue, or wild adventure I was enthralled. It is just a nicely paced story about a young man who wants to write a biography and what happens to his life because of it. Omar Razaghi is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas and has obtained a grant to write a book. He wants to write an [...]

    • Debbie says:

      I love Cameron's style, his humor and ability to create subtle nuance with story and character. A fumbling, lovable, spacey, academic wishes to write a biography of a novelist from Uruguay with only one novel to his name. Unfortunately the biographer had applied for the fellowship without getting the required family authorization, and the family rejects his offer. So off he goes to Uruguay to try to convince them to change their minds, pushed along by his frustrated and bossy girlfriend. What he [...]

    • Simona says:

      Una lettera fa da apripista a questo romanzo, una lettera che cambierà i destini di molti personaggi.Questo romanzo di Peter Cameron si snoda intorno alla figura di Omar Ranzaghi, di origini iraniane che vive nel Kansas e che decide di scrivere la biografia del compianto Jules Gund, uno scrittore il cui unico libro ha avuto un grande successo. Una biografia che lo porterà a Ochos Rìos, in Uruguay e che scatenerà molti dissidi tra la moglia Caroline, pittrice fallita, Arden, l'amante che per [...]

    • lia says:

      Hum, the life of academics.is is the story of a young teacher, awarded a fellowship to write the biography of an obscure writer. He accepts the fellowship--falsely stating that he has the permission of the estate of the dead authorhis brother, wife and mistress all living in Uruguay. After finding out the family certainly does not grant permission, this up to now meek Kansas Ph.d student gets on a plane to change their minds. The writing is lovely, but sometimes too self aware somehow.d the too [...]

    • Thais says:

      Mi rendo conto di non avergli potuto dedicare tutta l'attenzione che forse meritava, ma mi aspettavo qualcosa in più. L'ambientazione è interessante e l'espediente di portare avanti la narrazione quasi escusivamente grazie ai dialoghi è ben studiata (anche se forse qualche battuta si poteva tagliare). I personaggi evolvono ma la storia a mio avviso non riesce ad appassionare, lasciando qualche interrogativo. Mi sono impantanata nella parte centrale, che ho trovato un po' noiosa, mentre verso [...]

    • Jen says:

      The whole first half of this book I was bothered. By the sense that the it was more a screenplay than a novel, that Cameron was writing this in order for a movie to eventually be made. By what seemed a sort of contrived, Gothic setting, and by the way that none of the characters used contractions in their speech ("I am" instead of "I'm"). But it grew on me. Toward the middle of the book I started to laugh out loud at a lot of the things that came out of the ascerbic mouth of Adam Gund. And obvio [...]

    • Becky says:

      I feel very grateful to have won this in a giveaway. It was the perfect book for a plane ride, which is where I read it: a reasonable length (300 pages), with an engaging plot and characters (grad student travels to Uruguay to convince a dead author's widow, mistress, and brother to allow him to write a biography). The characters' lives are all altered by this turn of events, and the resolution is satisfying. Finally, the writing is great -- witty dialogue, insightful yet easy-to-read prose. A [...]

    • Gretchen says:

      This book was a recommendation from my friend Allen. It is short -- a quick read. I enjoyed it a lot though. Some very interesting characters. The main character is quite passive, but in an endearing way. You sort of want to protect him from the people around him. And, as it says on the flap, the book has a very satisfying ending.

    • Kim says:

      Great book for those in academia as it illustrates the kind of stuff you have to do be "successful" (lose touch with loved ones, be tempted to do immoral things, go to great lengths to "complete" something). Ultimately, it's a great love story.

    • Barbara says:

      I'm not sure why I liked this book so much, because nothing much happens, but I think it was beautifully written and I was completely absorbed in the story. I still have images of it 3 years after reading it.

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