Too Far to Walk: A Novel (Paperback)

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John Fist is a talented overachiever who has become restless and bored in his second year at Sheldon, an elite New England college. He is losing motivation, increasingly finding it “too far to walk” to his philosophy class across campus. So when the devil in sophomore’s clothing (a fellow student named Chum Breed) offers him all the most intense experiences of the modern world in exchange for a twenty-six-week lease on his soul, Fist eagerly signs up. The anticipated adventures, however, turn out not to be quite what he had bargained for. Pulitzer Prize–winner John Hersey’s Too Far to Walk is a bracing updating of the classic Faust legend, a compelling coming-of-age novel, and a masterful work of mid-century fiction.

About the Author

JOHN HERSEY was born in Tientsin, China, in 1914 and lived there until 1925, when his family returned to the United States. He studied at Yale and Cambridge, served for a time as Sinclair Lewis's secretary, and then worked several years as a journalist. Beginning in 1947 he devoted his time mainly to writing fiction. He won the Pulitzer Prize, taught for two decades at Yale, and was president of the Authors League of America and Chancellor of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Hersey died in 1993.

Praise For…

“Bold, fresh. . . . Splendidly successful.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Extremely readable, frequently funny.” —The New York Times

“Engaging. . . . As always, a novel by John Hersey is novel.” —Life

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593080863
ISBN-10: 0593080866
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: June 23rd, 2020
Pages: 256