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Prague: A Novel

4 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Arthur Phillips

In Prague, Arthur Phillips's sparkling, Kundera-flavored debut, five young Americans converge in Budapest in the early 1990s. Most are there by chance, like businessman Charles Gabor, whose parents were Hungarian. But one of them, John Price, … see full wiki

Author: Arthur Phillips
Publisher: Random House
3 reviews about Prague: A Novel
review by . April 25, 2005
I first came across Arthur Phillips with his second novel, "The Egyptologist," which is remarkable. I picked up "Prague" expecting something other than a coming of age novel. I was not disappointed.     Phillips is a marvelous writer. His characters have depth and cannot fail to remind you of people you've known where and whenever you "came of age." The quest for identity and life's purpose may have occured in Des Moines or, as it does here, in Budapest. The story remains the …
review by . August 18, 2003
A few points that have not received much comment elsewhere here on amazon.com.   Pros: Marvelous scenes: Mark's obsessive study of cafe culture and his determination in an afternoon of "funicularation" [my coinage!] to distill the essential five unforgettable seconds to cherish always from this effort. Nicky's depictions of the "half" verses within the biblical tales portraying characters' doubts and second-guesses, and her catfight with Emily over John. Scott's brush-off when John shows …
review by . September 23, 2002
PRAGUE: A Novel is engendering so much polarization in critiques that for a first novel the author should feel gratified that readers have noticed his appearance on the literary scene. This book can be taken on many levels - an anatomical dissection of the 'Generation X', a treatise on the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall on the personality of the Eastern European Bloc, a careful exploration of the vacuous brains that the laundering by the media has created, and a humorous and simultaneously …
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