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As Far As You Can Go was Julian Mitchell’s third novel, first published in 1963. Its protagonist is Harold Barlow, a young stockbroker, on his way up in the world – but easily bored, desiring adventure. He accepts a commission to travel to America; and the further west he goes, the more he discovers in the way of wide open spaces and freedoms. There is, however, a limit.
In an introduction written especially for this edition, Julian Mitchell describes his interest in writing ‘a reverse Henry James novel, about a European discovering America rather than vice-versa.’
‘Like Nabokov, but without his cynicism, Mr Mitchell sets the geography of the United States in motion.’ Anthony Burgess, Observer
‘This raid on the American psyche, so hilarious, yet so horrific in its implications, proves Mr Mitchell a first-rate satirist.’ Telegraph
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