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An Evening of Long Goodbyes

An Evening of Long Goodbyes

(2003)
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Awards
Whitbread Prize Best First Novel (nominee)

"Paul Murray manages to fit a brilliant social novel in the small spaces of a farce, without ever losing his lightness of touch or his sense of humor. The result is something absolutely unique. Murray starts with Wodehouse (and does him proud), but ends somewhere entirely his own-somewhere very, very funny and surprisingly touching. I really love this book."
Arthur Phillips


"A lyrical, satirical tour de force, a huge, hilarious elegy. A surreal and very funny festival of truths, fictions, luck, and love. How can this be a first novel? A triumph."
Ali Smith


Vastly entertaining and outright hilarious, Paul Murray's debut heralds the arrival of a major new Irish talent. His protagonist is endearing and wildly witty-part P G Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster, with a cantankerous dash of A Confederacy of Dunces' Ignatius J. Reilly thrown in. With its rollicking plot and colorful characters, An Evening of Long Goodbyes is a delightful and erudite comedy of epic proportions.

Charles Hythloday observes the world from the comfortable confines of Amaurot, his family estate, and doesn't much care for what he sees. He prefers the black-and-white sanctum of classic cinema-especially anything starring the beautiful Gene Tierney-to the roiling and rumbling of twenty-first-century Dublin. At twenty-four, Charles aims to resurrect the lost lifestyle of the aristocratic country gentleman-contemplative walks, an ever-replenished drink, and afternoons filled with canapés as prepared by the Bosnian housekeeper, Mrs. P.

But Charles's cozy existence is about to face a serious shake-up. His sister, Bel, an aspiring actress and hopeless romantic, has brought to Amaurot her most recent-and to Charles's mind, most ill-advised-boyfriend. Frank is hulking and round, and resembles nothing so much as a large dresser, probably a Swedish one. He bets on greyhounds and talks endlessly of brawls and pubs in an accent that brings tears to Charles's eyes. And, most suspiciously, his entrance into the Hythlodays' lives just happens to coincide with the disappearance of an ever-increasing number of household antiques and baubles.

Soon, Charles and Bel discover that missing heirlooms are the least of their worries; they are simply not as rich as they have always believed. With the family fortune teetering in the balance, Charles must do something he swore he would never do: get a job. Booted into the mean streets of Dublin, he is as unprepared for real life as Frank would be for a cotillion. And it turns out that real life is a tad unprepared for Charles, as well.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: An Evening of Long Goodbyes: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Murray
ISBN: 1-4000-6116-4 / 978-1-4000-6116-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

April 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: An Evening of Long Goodbyes
Author(s): Paul Murray
ISBN: 0-241-95589-0 / 978-0-241-95589-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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September 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: An Evening of Long Goodbyes: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Murray
ISBN: 0-8129-7040-3 / 978-0-8129-7040-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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March 2004 : UK Paperback
Title: An Evening of Long Goodbyes
Author(s): Paul Murray
ISBN: 0-14-100993-4 / 978-0-14-100993-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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May 2003 : UK Paperback
Title: An Evening of Long Goodbyes
Author(s): Paul Murray
ISBN: 0-241-14181-8 / 978-0-241-14181-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
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Kindle Editions

December 2007 : USA Kindle edition
Title: An Evening of Long Goodbyes: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Murray
Publisher: Random House
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