The End of the Alphabet


Author: CS Richardson

Published: 2007

Genre: Fiction

About The End of the Alphabet: A dying man and his wife go on an alphabetical tour of their favourite places.

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Review of The End of the Alphabet

Ambrose Zephyr would have been content that it was Sunday and that spring had come again to that part of London and that there was no need to go to the office. He would have read a draft of his wife's latest magazine column and (as gentle readers are obliged) made one or two enthusiastic comments.

He would have wondered about the days ahead of him and, as was his habit, dreamed of doing something else. And there it would have ended.

But that is not this story.

...from page 4

When Ambrose Zephyr is told that he only has a month to live, he and his wife, Zappora Ashkenazi (Zipper), set out on an alphabetical tour of places they love and places they've always wanted to visit. As Ambrose and Zipper travel, we learn about how they met and fell in love, where they are in their marriage, and where they thought they were headed.

The book is short but deeply moving. The marriage is realistic and anyone who has been in a relationship for a long time with someone they still love will see the truth in it. The story is beautiful, the writing is beautiful, and the book itself is beautiful. I regret getting this one from the library because it's one to hang on to.

Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Lynn Bornath on 27 February 2010 from the hardcover version.

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More Reviews

Sarah Steinberg, Quill & Quire, April 2007
"There is something gently magical about this quirky debut, though the places and characters are never less than believable."
Cherie Thiessen, January Magazine, July 2007
"sparse, elegant prose"
Scott, Scooter Chronicles, 27 April 2009
"it's still tempered with the disappointment of being so short and lacking the depth I had [thought] was in store."
Michelle,, 30 May 2009
"It is a book that can be read in one sitting and/or re-read again and again."
Barefootheart, Willow House Chronicles, 13 July 2009
"This little book, with its imaginative premise, is easily read in a couple of sittings, and offers a touching, gentle love story."
Jules' Book Reviews, 7 January 2010
"The book wasn't exactly what I expected, but overall it was enjoyable"
Helen, Helen Loves Books, 26 January 2010
"a warm, charming story"
Melwyk, The Indextrious Reader, 19 January 2011
"It's intensely moving and constructed like a miniature painting: every detail has significance and the actual story told to us is just a microcosm, hinting at a larger, complex life of each character and of their marriage."


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Added 01 March 2010.
Updated 23 August 2013.