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A lightly comic novel as splendid as Peter Cameron's The City of Your Final Destination is a cause for celebration. Cameron draws this sweet novel to one of the most satisfying denouements in recent memory.

A lightly comic novel as splendid as Peter Cameron's The City of Your Final Destination is a cause for celebration. James Schiff, The News and Observer (Raleigh). A very worthy, and eminently readable, addition to Cameron's graceful, witty, and insightful body of work. A finely crafted novel continues to surprise until the final pages. Chris Lehmann, The Washington Post. John Freeman, San Francisco Chronicle.

The City of Your Final Destination is a 2009 American drama film directed by James Ivory and starring, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Omar Metwally and Norma Aleandro. It was written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and based on the eponymous novel by Peter Cameron. The film is the first Merchant Ivory film without producer Ismail Merchant and composer Richard Robbins.

just like peter cameron's more recent Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to. .Bad bet. Adapted from the book: City of Your Final Destination by Peter Cameron.

just like peter cameron's more recent Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, this is an extremely sweet book. the protagonist is a rather lost 28-year-old graduate student in some university in kansas who has decided to write as his dissertation the authorized biography of a fairly obscure, recently-dead author and has received a generous scholarship for this. This is Peter Cameron's most widely acclaimed book, so after reading (and appreciating) Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You I was eager to read it. And I found that most of the praise was well-deserved.

A novel about the random nature of love, and the ways in which we confront or avoid life's choices, The City of Your Final Destination is a touching, clever and wonderfully comic fourth novel from Peter Cameron. The City of Your Final Destination was made into a film, starring Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney and Charlotte Gainsbourg. It was released in 2007. Read on the Scribd mobile app.

Also by peter cameron. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You: A Novel. The City of Your Final Destination. Part one. We are unhappy because we do not see how our unhappiness can end; whereas what we really fail to see is that unhappiness cannot last, since even a continuance of the same condition will bring about a change of mood. For the same reason happiness does not last. William Gerhardie, Of Mortal Love.

Redirected from Andorra (novel)). Peter Cameron (born November 29, 1959 in Pompton Plains, New Jersey) is an American novelist and writer living in New York City and Vermont. He is best known for his novels Andorra, The Weekend, The City of Your Final Destination, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, and Coral Glynn. Cameron grew up in the Pompton Plains section of Pequannock Township, New Jersey, and in London, England.

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The founder of the city Jack Swilling, a Confederate veteran, wanted to name the town Stonewall in honour of Stonewall Jackson, but Darrell Duppa found out that their site had been a Native American settlement centuries earlier. He offered the name Phoenix. He believed that their new city would rise from the ruins of the former civilization like the legendary bird. C. In 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip discovered a supply of fresh water for his thirsty armada in a cave near Port Jackson, today’s Sydney Harbor. The beauty of the place impressed them so much that they considered it heaven on Earth.

Peter Cameron's sublime, beautiful novel City of Your Final Destination concerns true love and a young academic's .

Peter Cameron's sublime, beautiful novel City of Your Final Destination concerns true love and a young academic's struggle to break free from a life he's molded bu.Not many people would have heard of Peter Cameron's "The City Of Your Final Destination (COYFD)" had it not garnered a brace of rave notices from book critics and found itself on the shortlist for the PEN/FaulknerAward. I'm just grateful it came to my attention because it's a priceless gem and one of the most offhandedly brilliant and enduring works of literature I have read.

Good morning, he said. Good morning, she replied. Portia missed the bus so Arden drove her to school. She should be back shortly, I think. There is coffee in the po.Thank you, said Omar poured himself a cup of coffee.Thank you, said Omar poured himself a cup of coffee and sat at the table. I understand you and Arden are off on an excursion, said Caroline. We’re going to see the gondola. He sipped his coffee. It was very hot. He blew on it. Did you enjoy your dinner at Federico’s? asked Caroline. It was a very nice dinner.

The City of Your Final Destination is a novel by American writer Peter Cameron

The City of Your Final Destination is a novel by American writer Peter Cameron. Most of the story takes place in a small town in Uruguay. However, the Uruguay of the novel bears little relation to the geography or culture of the real country, this is why it was actually filmed near Punta Indio, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The novel's beginning and ending chapters taking place in Lawrence, Kansas, where the protagonist is a graduate student at the University of Kansas.

A wryly humorous, impeccably observed novel about the capriciousness of love

Omar Razaghi posts a letter on September 13, 1995 that will change the course of his life forever. A doctoral student at the University of Kansas, he writes to the estate of the Latin American author Jules Gund, requesting permission to write Gund's authorized biography. His request is refused, but Omar has already accepted a fellowship from the university, and with his girlfriend's vehement encouragement, he goes in person to Uruguay to petition to Gund's three executors. Although Caroline Gund, Jules' wife, and Arden Langdon, Jules' mistress and mother of his child, are initially opposed to the idea of a biography, Omar has the support of Adam, Jules' older brother, and hopes to be able to persuade the twwo women. Omar's unexpected arrival in Uruguay reverberates through this odd and isolated little family group, and his stay in the languid, dreamy Ochos Rios makes him question his former life in Kansas, and his ability-even his desire-to write an "authorized" life.

A novel about the random nature of love, and the ways in which we confront or avoid life's choices, The City of Your Final Destination is a touching, clever and wonderfully comic fourth novel from Peter Cameron.

The City of Your Final Destination was made into a film, starring Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney and Charlotte Gainsbourg. It was released in 2007.


Comments: (7)

DART-SKRIMER
This book is topical, to say the least. As I write this, Syrian and other refugees, from the Middle East and Africa are struggling to reach the relative much greater safety and stability of Europe. No easy answers, for sure. How many immigrants can a country absorb, and not threaten its own stability and values? To what extent did one's own country's policies create instability in another? And is it heart-felt humanitarian concerns, or that insatiable desire for "cheap labor" that leads a political leadership to welcome refugees?

An Amazon reviewer introduced me to this work. Admittedly, I had never heard of Peter Cameron, and certainly had no idea this work was made into a movie. The plot set-up was intriguing. Omar Razaghi's family, Iranians forced to flee his native land after the fall of the Shah, found sanctuary in Canada. Omar is now a graduate student in Kansas, and obtains a fellowship based on his proposal to write a biography of Jules Gund, a writer who published one highly acclaimed novel. Gund, a Jew, was forced to flee Europe due to Hitler's ascension to power in Germany, and he found sanctuary in Uruguay - not necessarily due to heart-felt humanitarian concerns - but with the quid pro quo that he had to buy a mine that was a losing financial proposition. Razaghi has a problem though. On his fellowship application, he indicated that he had obtained the family's permission to undertake the biography - since he believed it would only be a technicality - and now he finds out the family is refusing.

At the urging of Razaghi's girlfriend, a fellow academic, he decides to fly to Uruguay, in order to persuade the family to change their mind. And the "family" is composed of Gund's widow, Caroline, Gund's mistress, Arden, and Gund's homosexual brother, living in a separate dwelling, a mile from the main house, with his youthful Thai lover. I immediately thought of D.H. Lawrence living with his wife, and two mistresses (somehow!) north of nearby Taos, NM.

Cameron writes well; it is a good story, without needless complexity. There are the themes of life in academia (and it always seems to be so dreary and petty... what is billed as the "life of the mind"), as well as the ethics involved in writing biographies. Mainly though, it is about family relationships and the yearning of the heart, and how difficult it can be to "get it right," to know oneself. The author maintains sufficient dramatic tension, and plausibility, so the reader (or now movie watcher) will not know which way the story will end.

I've known an exile or two... of the true variety of being forced to flee their homes, having ended up on the losing side in a clash of political and cultural forces. And thus I found the book a more compelling read. I've done my share of moving around the globe - almost all, but not all of it, voluntarily. And then there is the matter of the affairs of the heart, and the yearning for a happy ending. 5-stars.
Nikobar
I really liked a short story by this author so I chose this book. The writing style is simple and graceful, and sometimes amusing. I wondered if he was laughing at the whole concept of literary biographies, since the plot spins around getting a family to authorize a proposed biography of a one book wonder who committed suicide, yet no one says much about that author even though they knew him intimately, (wife, mistress, and brother), and we're left knowing very little about him. I was hoping the book would give a feeling for Uruguay, but it could have been anywhere, and the characters' dialog was often one voice to me.
Peras
An intriguing, stay-in-your-mind novel. Peter Cameron has created a treasure to be savored, to be shelved and brought down again and again.
fire dancer
I liked this book...but I must say I was somewhat disapointed,,,,,it does not compare to Andorra or Weekend, two of Cameron's earlier books that I had read,,,,and, I don't know if this ever happens to you but I had just finished Minton's A Fine Balance.. a book I found incredibly compelling and was so emotionally caught up in it that this latest book of Cameron's just paled by comparison....there was something essentially missign from this book -- I did like the characterizations, but I found some of the dialogue beyond eccentric and just a bit unrealistic...I liked it ..but I didn't love it..and it left me feeling somewhat unfulfilled until the very end....the ending sort of reminded me a bit of Bel Canto, in it's attempt to tie up loose ends in a very conventional and convenient manner.
Utchanat
This is a magical novel, in the best sense. Peter Cameron's spare, beautifully crafted novel both takes you away and brings you home with an ending that, indeed, brings it's unusual and perfectly realized cast of characters to the places they are all meant to be. So delighted to discover this wonderful writer!
DEAD-SHOT
This is a great book. There is nothing all that new about the grad student with a busted thesis but this book is a lot of fun. It reminded me of people I knew from college but these characters were clearly their own men and women. Nothing is wasted with Cameron's style. And the situation is more interesting than our own everyday lives but that only serves to concentrate the action. This is very believable territory and yet remarkable. I remember most of the book having read it some five years ago and I've read plenty of novels since then.
Burisi
If your tastes run to British writers, Peter Cameron is the author for you -- although he is not British, but American. He has a light graceful touch, and he manages to tell a story without telling too much of it. His dialogue is terrific, too.
Loved this movie! The beautiful backdrop of the movie, the actors, everything, especially the music was supurb. So I bought the book. I'm glad I saw the movie first, because there are some differences between the book and movie. But I had the images of the actors in mind as the read the book, and any differences between the screenplay and the actual book, I just let it go. I recommend this book.
The City of Your Final Destination: A Novel download epub
United States
Author: Peter Cameron
ISBN: 0312656548
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: United States
Language: English
Publisher: Picador; Media tie-in edition (May 11, 2010)
Pages: 320 pages