Headlong by Michael Frayn audiobook

Headlong

By Michael Frayn
Read by Frederick Davidson

11.26 Hours 09/14/2000 Unabridged
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An unlikely con man wagers wife, wealth, and sanity in pursuit of one of art’s elusive old masters. Martin Clay, an easily distracted philosopher, and his scrupulous art-historian wife are invited to dinner by a boorish local landowner to assess the value of three dusty paintings moldering in the freezing breakfast room. But blocking the soot from the chimney is nothing less, Martin believes, than one of the world’s lost treasures, camouflaged by misattribution and the grime of centuries. Thus begins a wild trail of lies and concealments, soaring hopes and sudden panics, as Martin embarks on an obsessive quest to prove his hunch, separate the painting from its owner, and resolve one of the great mysteries of European art.

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Summary

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A 1999 Man Booker Prize Finalist

An unlikely con man wagers wife, wealth, and sanity in pursuit of one of art’s elusive old masters.

Martin Clay, an easily distracted philosopher, and his scrupulous art-historian wife are invited to dinner by a boorish local landowner to assess the value of three dusty paintings moldering in the freezing breakfast room. But blocking the soot from the chimney is nothing less, Martin believes, than one of the world’s lost treasures, camouflaged by misattribution and the grime of centuries. Thus begins a wild trail of lies and concealments, soaring hopes and sudden panics, as Martin embarks on an obsessive quest to prove his hunch, separate the painting from its owner, and resolve one of the great mysteries of European art.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Rueful and amusing…Frayn is that rare writer who succeeds as both a novelist and a dramatist.” New York Times Book Review
“Finely wrought and highly comical…a perfect introduction to a writer who likes to pull the rug out from under your feet while offering you the most seductive of smiles.” Seattle Times
“Delightful...deadpan hilarious and wonderfully written…as effective a work of historical reconstruction as it is a comedy.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“Exceedingly funny, both in event and in intellectual high jinx.” Boston Sunday Globe
“Headlong offers an enthralling and refreshingly grown-up take on the alarming speed with which our morals shift to accommodate our desires, and on the lofty and low ways in which the great art of the past continues to affect us.” Elle
“Art historians will rejoice over the subject matter and the intricate descriptions of the paintings and their provenance…[Davidson’s] vocal changes bring forth believable characters with pleasing sounds.” AudioFile
“Davidson’s decidedly British accent helps bring the story alive.” Booklist

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.26
Audience: Adult
Language: English