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Rapids

by Tim Parks

Rapids Synopsis

In the dramatic landscape of the Italian Alps a group of English canoeists arrive for an 'introduction to white water.' Camping, eating and paddling together, six adults and nine adolescents seem set to enjoy what their leader insists on calling a 'community experience.' Their hosts are Clive, a taciturn figure, and Michela, his fragile girlfriend. Joining the group late are Vince, a banker trying to make sense of the flotsam of his existence, and his teenage daughter whom he feels moving inexorably away from him. The dangerous river manages to bring out the group's qualities and failings in the most urgent fashion, provoking sudden conflicts and unexpected shifts of alliance. An ideal love affair breaks down and an apparently impossible one timidly buds. A banal disagreement turns violent. Meanwhile, the hottest summer on record is filling the glacier-fed rivers with a melt water so wild that it is surely unwise of the distracted instructors to launch their party into the last day's descent of the upper Aurina...

Rapids Press Reviews

A near-perfect marriage of style and content...A terrific, bravura tale...has a magnificent, thrilling urgency * Sunday Telegraph * A deftly plotted tale...With Rapids, Tim Parks demonstrate, once again, that he is a supremely confident storyteller...As refreshing as it is memorable * Evening Standard * Triumphant...In Rapids he has excelled himself * Daily Telegraph * A writer of considerable intelligence and great technical skill...His work is always tremendously readable * Guardian * A truly outstanding writer... immensely readable and deeply intelligent -- Tim Lott * Independent *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784706326
Publication date: 5th June 2017
Author: Tim Parks
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Thriller / suspense,

About Tim Parks

Born in Manchester, Tim Parks grew up in London and studied at Cambridge and Harvard. In 1981 he moved to Italy where he has lived ever since. He is the author of novels, non-fiction and essays, including Europa, Cleaver, A Season with Verona and Teach Us to Sit Still. He has won the Somerset Maugham, Betty Trask and Llewellyn Rhys awards, and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He lectures on literary translation in Milan, writes for publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, and his many translations from the Italian include works by Moravia, ...

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