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The Dork of Cork de Chet Raymo
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The Dork of Cork (1993 original; edició 1993)

de Chet Raymo (Autor)

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"Frank Bois is forty-three years old and forty-three inches tall, but his yearnings are as wide and deep as the night sky he contemplates from his rooftop in Cork, Ireland. THE DORK OF CORK is his story, a tale that will capture your emotions from its provocative opening line to its surprising ending. And only Chet Raymo, the naturalist and born poet who wrote 365 Starry Nights and The Soul of Night, could have created such an extraordinary and appealing hero, whose solace against loneliness is the beauty of the stars." "In 1945 a sixteen-year-old French girl is smuggled aboard the troopship California by American GI's returning home from war. Her name is Bernadette, and she rewards her co-conspirators with sexual favors. She is discovered by ship's officers and put ashore at Cork Harbor, where she finds herself pregnant, penniless, and alone. Her baby, Frank, is born a dwarf." "Now, years later, Frank is about to become a literary celebrity, as the author of a personal memoir that is also a meditation on beauty and brokenness, love and unaccountable hurt. His move from the dark isolation of his deformity into the glare of public acclaim is colored by his poignant past as a lonely boy who marks the days of his growing up with lunar eclipses, meteor showers, and the visitations of comets. As his story unfolds, we discover the secrets of Bernadette's tragic childhood in Nazi-occupied France; her erotic and self-destructive relationships with the three men who were smitten by her beauty, and who in turn shaped her son's life; young Frank's enduring passion for a woman he believes to be as unreachable as the stars; and the green, misty essence of Ireland itself, where miracles just might be possible." "In this mesmerizing novel, Chet Raymo creates characters so out of the ordinary they take their place among the most memorable fictional creations. In his protagonist Frank Bois, he joins a delicate heart with a profound intelligence to show us the paradoxes and the promises of being a thinking, feeling human on the journey we all share - the search for love and meaning here on Earth, and, perhaps, out there among the stars."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (més)
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Títol:The Dork of Cork
Autors:Chet Raymo (Autor)
Informació:Grand Central Pub (1993), Edition: First Edition, 354 pages
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Years ago I watched an Irish movie called Frankie Starlight and loved it. A few years later, I discovered that it was based on a book by Chet Raymo called The Dork of Cork. It’s about a dwarf who grows to manhood and publishes a book, called Nightstalk, based on his observations of the stars. It’s also about his slightly mad French mother, an Irish immigration officer who loves them both, and Frankie’s journey to find acceptance and love. It’s a sweet story of love and redemption that will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned. ( )
  LoriFox | Oct 24, 2020 |
Raymo, Chet. The Dork of Cork. Warner Books, New York, 1993. ( )
  BrianDewey | Jul 30, 2007 |
Frank Bois, a forty-three-year-old dwarf living in Cork, Ireland, becomes a literary celebrity after penning his autobiography, a work that reveals his fascination with the stars, his love for an unattainable woman, and the story of his haunting, lonely life. ( )
  GMac | Dec 6, 2006 |
The Dork of Cork is actually Francois Bois (Frankie for short) who is 43 years old and 43 inches in height. As a child Frankie would wander the streets of Cork (where he lived with his mother, Bernadette) after dark and take in the sights and sounds of night. At the opening of this book, Frankie has just published a book of his travels & astronomical observations mixed in with memoirs & philosophical waxings called Nightstalk. In The Dork of Cork we get a glimpse of what's in Nightstalk, with the exception that in Nightstalk, the names have been changed to keep them fictional.

The story is SO good that I read every word of it very slowly. It is about Frankie's life and that of his mother Bernadette; the other characters in the story were all a major part of Frankie & Bernadette's life as well. Each played a different role in both of their lives; each had something meaningful and lasting to contribute to Frankie as a child which helped to form his adult years.

I am definitely going to reread this one...very philosophical, funny, tragic all at the same time. I very highly recommend it. You really must spend some time thinking about this one once you've finished it. ( )
  bcquinnsmom | Jun 17, 2006 |
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"Frank Bois is forty-three years old and forty-three inches tall, but his yearnings are as wide and deep as the night sky he contemplates from his rooftop in Cork, Ireland. THE DORK OF CORK is his story, a tale that will capture your emotions from its provocative opening line to its surprising ending. And only Chet Raymo, the naturalist and born poet who wrote 365 Starry Nights and The Soul of Night, could have created such an extraordinary and appealing hero, whose solace against loneliness is the beauty of the stars." "In 1945 a sixteen-year-old French girl is smuggled aboard the troopship California by American GI's returning home from war. Her name is Bernadette, and she rewards her co-conspirators with sexual favors. She is discovered by ship's officers and put ashore at Cork Harbor, where she finds herself pregnant, penniless, and alone. Her baby, Frank, is born a dwarf." "Now, years later, Frank is about to become a literary celebrity, as the author of a personal memoir that is also a meditation on beauty and brokenness, love and unaccountable hurt. His move from the dark isolation of his deformity into the glare of public acclaim is colored by his poignant past as a lonely boy who marks the days of his growing up with lunar eclipses, meteor showers, and the visitations of comets. As his story unfolds, we discover the secrets of Bernadette's tragic childhood in Nazi-occupied France; her erotic and self-destructive relationships with the three men who were smitten by her beauty, and who in turn shaped her son's life; young Frank's enduring passion for a woman he believes to be as unreachable as the stars; and the green, misty essence of Ireland itself, where miracles just might be possible." "In this mesmerizing novel, Chet Raymo creates characters so out of the ordinary they take their place among the most memorable fictional creations. In his protagonist Frank Bois, he joins a delicate heart with a profound intelligence to show us the paradoxes and the promises of being a thinking, feeling human on the journey we all share - the search for love and meaning here on Earth, and, perhaps, out there among the stars."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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