Introducing the book A fraction of the whole work of Steve Toltz
A fraction of the whole was released in 2008 by Steve Toltz.
This book is one of the most successful works of Australian literature, which in a short time could be recognized as one of the best-selling works of the New York Times and Amazon.
This book tells the story of two generations of the “religion” family who are known among the people of Australia for their strange and sometimes criminal and horrific deeds.
Martin Dean, Terry Dean, and Jasper Dean are the three sides of this popular and influential book triangle, living in Australia, Paris, and Thailand from World War II to the early 21st century.
The book is one of the largest novels in Australian history to be nominated for my Booker Prize in 2008.
This year, the novel The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, an Indo-Australian author, won the award, while some critics believed that Steve Toltz’s book deserved the award.
This book is not just a compelling novel, but a philosophical commentary on human life written in a magical way.
The author exaggerates the characters of this story in the midst of a tumultuous story and condemns them to life and survival.
This long novel talks about freedom, soul, love, death and the meaning of life and begins with such nail-biting sentences: “You will never hear an athlete lose his sense of smell in a tragic accident.
If the universe decides to teach us humans a painful lesson, of course this lesson will not benefit our future life at all. my lesson? “I lost my freedom …”
Partial summary of the whole
“Martin” and “Terry” are two brothers from an ordinary Australian family who initially live like all ordinary people, but after a while “Terry” becomes one of the most popular sports personalities in Australia and impresses all people. .
Although he becomes the hero of his people, his life is tied to one of the Australian criminal prisoners and he goes to prison.
His brother Martin leaves his home after burning the whole city, thinking that his brother is burning in the dark solitary confinement cell of the city prison and has lost him forever, and faces a new chapter of life in Paris. It becomes.
Martin Dean, the thoughtful and bizarre character in “Part of the Whole,” is exploring himself and others at every moment of the story.
He has a mind full of questions and he is always involved with himself and he is always looking for why man came into being and what is his destiny in the end?
Despite all these unanswered thoughts, in his youth in Paris, he encounters a creature named “Jasper Dean”, his son, and finds himself in the position of educating another human being.
The life of this father and son, which resembles a parallel line, forms the compelling story of the “part of the whole.”
About Steve Toltz
Australian writer Steve Toltz was born in 1972 in Sydney.
He graduated from the University of Newcastle at a young age and wrote several short poems and short stories in those years, which were not very successful.
He traveled to Montreal, Vancouver, New York, Barcelona and Paris before becoming known as a leading writer.
He spent some time filming, marketing and teaching English, and when he took part in a writing competition, he created the masterpiece “Part of the Whole”.
In a part of the book, we read a part of the whole
It was a terrible thought, that he would finally die one day, that I had promised that he was suffocating me.
How could I go this route without getting rid of this ugly thought: “Hey, Mom, die soon!” Terry told me not to go home anymore. At his insistence, depending on the season, we would see each other during cricket or rugby.
During the games, Terry explained to me the grotesque details of the Democratic Cooperative: how they always changed their ways.
They never did the same thing twice, or if they did, they would go the other way.
For example, once they hit two banks in a row. It was early in the morning, and everyone wore a pair of hats, forcing employees and customers to sleep on the floor.
The second was lunch time and they wore gorilla masks and when they stole they only spoke Russian to each other and forced the employees and customers to shake hands and stand in a circle. They were fast. They were successful. And most importantly, they were anonymous.
It was Harry’s idea that all members of the gang should speak a few languages, now not completely, to the extent necessary for the theft: “Give me the money.” “Tell them to raise their hands.” “let’s go.” Of such things
. Harry was a genius at misleading the nation. It was a surprise that he had been imprisoned so much.
He had also found several police informants and given them false information. For one or two of Harry’s sworn enemies, they had conspired, attacking them in the most vulnerable state, when they had more than two meals on the stove.
The only problem with establishing a democratic cooperative was Harry’s long-held dream of intensifying his unique paranoia.
No one could go behind him! He walked all the time with his back to the wall, and if he had to go outdoors, he would spin around like a gig.
In the crowd, panic broke out and he contracted severe muscle spasms when trapped between people. The funniest scene was when he had to urinate outdoors.
He did not go behind the tree because his back was defenseless; Leaning forward, he leaned against the tree, arms outstretched.
In the house, there were ropes and bells everywhere so that if anyone wanted to enter his room, a siren would sound.
He checked the newspapers every day to see if he had been named. He rolls his eyes like crazy with his eyes wide open.
Harry once told me, “Do not underestimate the value of the daily news, it’s the news that has saved so many wanted people.”
The police always want to prove to everyone that they are making progress: they have been seen somewhere. We have found such and such a sign, put these aside, along with the insatiable hunger of the people for news that has nothing to do with them, and now you have the best thing for the fugitive that you have achieved around the caliphate. Do you think I’m paranoid?
Part of the book’s success
The book “Except for the whole” was a wonderful start for its author. The book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2008 and, while still being widely acclaimed around the world, was nominated for a Guardian Book Award.
In the introduction of the translator, quotations are given in the description of the book.
The Los Angeles Times’s description, meanwhile, can be considered a unique incentive to read: “A rich story of a father and son full of adventure and humor and characters that remind the reader of the characters of Charles Dickens and John Irving.”
Describing the nature of the text, Peyman Khaksar, the translator of the book, said: “It is part of the whole book that no description, not even the professionalism of its author, can fulfill the right of the subject.
Reading is part of the whole weird and unique experience. “There is a sentence on each page that you can quote.” These all convey the proper processing and in-depth insights of the author.
Critics and books except the whole
According to the greatest literary critics, the first paragraph of this book is a stormy beginning, and it goes beyond the first paragraph of the alien novel by Albert Camus, which is one of the best beginnings in the history of literature:
“You never hear an athlete lose his sense of smell in a tragic accident.
If the universe decides to teach a painful lesson to us humans, which, of course, does not benefit our future lives, it is as clear as day that the athlete must lose his foot, his philosopher of intellect, painter of his eyes, composer of his ear and cook of his tongue. my lesson? “I lost my freedom.”
Perhaps it can be boldly said that the central concept of the book is death, and more precisely, the fear of death.
Martin Dean’s greatest fear in his life is death;
The death that accompanied him from the very beginning of his life and during his childhood, and was presented to him in different forms, and caused his melancholy and nihilistic mood.
But the surprising thing is that you gradually fall in love with Martin’s negatives and come back to it from time to time after the end of the book, reviewing many of his sentences and smiling!
Summary of the novel component of the whole
“Part of the Whole” is the first novel by Australian author Steve Toltz, which took five years to write and was nominated for a Booker Prize.
This book has been translated by “Peyman Khaksar” in March 2015, in 656 pages and has been published by Cheshmeh Publishing and has been reprinted forty-one times so far.
Book author Steve Toltz
As we said in Steve Toltz’s biography, Steve Toltz said in an interview about himself and the book:
I did not aspire to be a writer, but I always wrote. As a kid, I used to write short poems and short stories and start novels, but after two and a half seasons, I lost interest in finishing them. After university, I started writing again.
My income was very low and I just wanted to make money by participating in storytelling and screenwriting competitions so that I could make a living, which of course was of no use.
When I was constantly changing jobs, or better to say, going down the ladder of each job, it became clear to me that I knew nothing but writing.
Writing a novel was the only logical step I could take. I thought it would take a year, but it took five years.
The subject of the book except the whole
The book tells the story of two main characters, a father and a son named Martin and Jasper Dean.
These two people are the main characters of this story, the events that take place around them. The story is told by Jasper Dean, who is telling the story of his life in prison.
The first part of the book tells the whole story of Martin’s life, his marriage, Jasper’s birth, his departure from Australia and his return through Jasper’s gaze (according to what he heard from his father and others or read in his diary).
Jasper finally reveals his identity to the police and is released. The police take him to a warehouse where Martin’s property is kept.
Jasper knows these are no more, but in the meantime he comes across his father’s diary. He told the story of the book to us and the police, based on the same notes.
Some of the paintings of the mother’s pregnancy are also among them and she feels that she has seen the face inside the paintings somewhere before.
He swears that he will never follow in his father’s footsteps, because his mother is also a part of him.
With the help of Enoch, who is now Australia’s richest woman, he travels to Europe to discover his mother’s past.
In the second part of the book, the reader sees everything from Martin’s point of view and finds the answers to many of his questions. Both parts of the book are equally fascinating and amazing.
Martin’s profound philosophical sentences, the relatively strange and unbelievable events of the story, and the unexpected ending of the book all help to frame a different framework of meanings such as love, life, family, nationality, and most importantly, death.
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