There are no easy answers in his book, and in place of predictable plot machinations or trite bits of drama, Miller gives us compellingly simple and real insights into the characters and how they view the various disintegrations of their respective worlds. This is a return to true literature, I think, a lost art wherein the audience is not plied with the easy levers of emotive dialogue or overt symbolism.
Oxygen is the third novel by English author, Andrew Miller, released on 6 September 2001 through Sceptre. Set in San Fernando Valley and Hungary in 1997, the story revolves around a late-stage cancer patient, Alice; her two markedly different sons, one a translator, the other a soap star; and a seemingly unconnected Hungarian playwright named László Lázár
Inside the house his father's clocks were striking the hour.
Inside the house his father's clocks were striking the hour. Faintly, the chimes carried to where he stood in the garden, a lank young man in a summer sweater and shapeless blue trousers, wiping the lenses of his glasses with the corner of a crumpled handkerchief. He had spent the last hour with the hose watering the flower-beds and giving the ground around the younger trees a good soaking, as he had been instructed to. Now, having carefully coiled the hose, he made his way back towards the house, his progress shadowed by a cat that pushed through the stems of delphiniums and peonies and.
Born in England in 1960, Andrew Miller has lived in Spain, Japan, Ireland, and France. His first novel, Ingenious Pain, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the International IMPAC Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book. His second novel, Casanova in Love, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.
Oxygen is a contemporary tale of courage, love and liberation . I thought at first it more of a "guy" book since all 3 main characters are men, and it is their lives, thoughts, and aspirations the reader is exposed to. The 2 brothers seem very much in need of some good therapy, and the playwrite heals his own wounds through a secret political assignment back to his home country, Hungary. In the end you really can only guess what is going to happen to the 3 characters.
It is the summer of 1997. Alec Valentine is returning to England to care for his ailing mother, Alice, a task that only reinforces his deep sense of inadequacy.
Evoking an extraordinary range of emotions and insights, Oxygen lives and breathes beyond the final page.
Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Evoking an extraordinary range of emotions and insights, Oxygen lives and breathes beyond the final page. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: Mariner BooksReleased: Oct 15, 2012ISBN: 9780544127999Format: book. carousel previous carousel next.