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The Calligrapher by Edward Docx
The protagonist of The Calligrapher is Jasper Jackson, a narcissistic womanizer in London who shuns most modern conveniences. Emotionally immature, he's stuck in the love-'em-and-leave-'em mindset when it comes to women. Then he seduces and falls hard for travel writer Madeleine Belmont. Jasper is a calligrapher by trade, and working on copying John Donne's "Songs and Sonnets" for a wealthy American media mogul. As Jasper immerses himself more in Donne's poetry, he begins to explore the concepts of love, lust, and romance. Meanwhile, Madeleine is away a lot with her book research, and at times she seems like the old Jasper. The stage is set for Jasper to get his comeuppance. Edward Docx's debut novel has received positive reviews. The Calligrapher has been called "deeply enjoyable" (San Francisco Chronicle) and "funny and accomplished" (Washington Post).