Meet Tony Vicar: failed rockstar-turned-DJ, small-town curmudgeon, and ... miracle worker? Reduced to DJing rural weddings, Tony Vicar feels the bite of failure. A frustrated and failed musician, unable to discern why he has not ascended to stardom, his only defence is to see the world through the lens of gallows humour, absurdism, and black comedy. At his lowest moment he meets former exotic dancer Jacquie O, and they begin a strange and unlikely courtship. When the pair come upon a fatal car accident, Vicar gives aid to a woman who’s barely clinging to life. His nearly miraculous ministrations succeed, and his actions become big news. But what Vicar calls luck is seen as something more magical by everyone else, rocketing him from complete unknown to massive celebrity to legend. Along the way he attracts the attention of dangerous siren Serena, who makes an outrageous play to take Vicar for her own. In this rollicking farce, Tony Vicar will finally have to face the consequences of his enduring dream of celebrity.
'He loved all mankind; for fortune prevented him from knowing there were rascals.' Oliver Goldsmith's hugely successful novel of 1766 remained for generations one of the most highly regarded and beloved works of eighteenth-century fiction. It depicts the fall and rise of the Primrose family, presided over by the benevolent vicar, the narrator of a fairy-tale plot of impersonation and deception, the abduction of a beautiful heroine and the machinations of an aristocratic villain. By turns comic and sentimental, the novel's popularity owes much to its recognizable depiction of domestic life and loving family relationships. Regarded by some as a straightforward and well-intentioned novel of sentiment, and by others as a satire on the very literary conventions and morality it seems to embody, The Vicar of Wakefield contains, in the figure of the vicar himself, one of the most harmlessly simply and unsophisticated yet also ironically complex narrators ever to appear in English fiction. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Оливер Голдсмит – знаменитый английский писатель, драматург XVIII века, являющейся ярчайшим представителем сентиментализма. "Векфильдский священник" – наиболее известное произведение автора. Англия, XVIII век. Семейство пастора Чарльза Примроза наслаждается безмятежным существованием «в прекрасном доме среди живописной природы». Но вот семью постигает несчастье: купец, ведавший её состоянием, разоряется. Примроз с радостью принимает предложение принять небольшой приход и призывает домочадцев «без сожалений отказаться от роскоши». Но это решение понравилось далеко не всем...Читайте зарубежную литературу в оригинале!