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A Friend from England
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When Rachel became involved in the lives of the Livingstones it was with an acute appreciation of the engulfing warmth of their home - rooted, furnished and nourished as if it was by an opulent domesticity, fuelled by ferocious central heating. Uxorious Oscar watched appreciatively as solicitous Dorrie served tea in elegant cups, their daughter Heather in attendance, as if impenetrably complacent. The attitude of all three towards the good fortune of their wealth was one of melancholy submission: a sadness seemed to go with every acquisition. Their conversation was largely meaningless, and this Rachel found restful. Although the two young women had nothing in common, the Livingstones seemed to encourage Rachel's association with their daughter, as if it were a precaution against anyone taking advantage of |Heather. They looked to Rachel as the true adult, sturdily independent and in command of her fate - self-reliant with her own small business and her discreet worldliness. No one knew much of the affairs of Rachel's heart, of the reasons for her vigilant self-control, of her cynicism - of her fear of drowning. She had long ago decided to live her life on the surface, to avoid entanglements and dangerous friendships. She was aware of her limitations. If the truth were known, Rachel found the privileged childishness and opacity of Heather exasperating, though she had her own reasons to continue to seek the family's hospitality. She stood by while Heather was swept into an unsuitable marriage followed by a second which Rachel deemed just as ill-advised in its own way. She would measure her own unencumbered, carefully gauged liberty against what she saw as Heather's irresponsible abandon and take it upon herself as a duty to force an unforgettable confrontation. From London to Venice this elegant, revealing, beautifully controlled study builds to a startling unmasking of its protagonists and their motives. Rachel, for all her ken observation and assumptions about others, is destined for a self-exposure she does not foresee. Powerful in conception, rich in execution, A Friend from England is Anita Brookner at her most poignant and thought-provoking.
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Buchbeschreibung Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1987. Befriedigend/Good: Durchschnittlich erhaltenes Buch bzw. Schutzumschlag mit Gebrauchsspuren, aber vollständigen Seiten. / Describes the average WORN book or dust jacket that has all the pages present. Artikel-Nr. M00224024434-G
Buchbeschreibung Jonathan Cape, London, 1987. hardcover. Zustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. First Edition. Artikel-Nr. 021830
Buchbeschreibung Jonathan Cape, 1987. 1st edition. Cloth, dj, F/VG++. 205pp, a practically fine copy, very slight rub to the upper corners of the dustjacket. The authors 6th novel 350 grams. Artikel-Nr. 10669
Buchbeschreibung London Jonathan Cape, 1987. fester Einband. 1. Auflage. 205 S., Opbd., mit OSU., 8°, 20,4 x 13,5 x 2,3 cm, leichte Gebrauchsspuren, Seiten altersbedingt gebräunt, Sprache: Englischg Band-Nr. 353 gr. Artikel-Nr. 09620
Buchbeschreibung Published by Jonathan Cape, London, 1987. , 205 pages, SIGNED 'For John, with love from Anita' First Edition , pages clean with edges tanned, a nice copy, book in very good condition , dustwrapper in very good condition , brown cloth, gilt titles on spine , 20.5 x 13.5 cms Hardback SIGNED by the author ISBN: 0224024434. Artikel-Nr. 66563