The Eighth Day
“[Wilder's] finest and most beautiful novel. . . . Spanning two continents and several generations, it begins as a murder mystery and goes on to tell a story, at once dramatic and philosophical, about the range of human courage, aspirations, steadfastness, weakness, defeat and victory.” — New York Post
This beautiful edition of Thornton Wilder’s renowned National Book Award–winning novel features a foreword by John Updike and an afterword by Tappan Wilder, who draws on unique sources as Wilder’s unpublished letters, handwritten annotations, and other illuminating documentary material.
At once a murder mystery and a philosophical tale, The Eighth Day is a “suspenseful and deeply moving” (New York Times) work of classic stature that has been hailed as a great American epic.
Set in a mining town in southern Illinois, the novels centers around two families blasted apart when the patriarch of one family, John Ashley, is accused of murdering his best friend. Ashley's miraculous jailbreak on the eve of his execution and his subsequent flight to South America trigger a powerful story tracing the fates of all those whose lives are forever changed by the tragedy: Ashley himself, his wife and children, and the wife and children of the victim.
Last pages missing!! OOPS: CORRECTION
I stopped by a book store and looked at a paper copy and this book actually ends with an incomplete sentence, no period. Nothing is missing from the final pages after all. My mistake. Pls ignore my earlier comment about the missing the last page.
This is a fine novel. I read it 40 years ago in paper, so I I bought the iBook edition, which has nice additional commentary. BUT BEWARE!! The current download is missing the last pages. Don’t buy it until the whole book is available for download. I would have rated it five stars except for this omission.
The last word.
Please put the last word of the book back. Compare with the paper edition. Please do not edit Wilder again!