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Instances of the Number 3

Vickers, Salley

Verlag: Fourth Estate (An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers), London, 2001
ISBN 10: 1841156582 / ISBN 13: 9781841156583
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Titel: Instances of the Number 3

Verlag: Fourth Estate (An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers), London

Erscheinungsdatum: 2001

Einband: hardcover

Zustand: Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good

Signiert: Signed by Author

Art des Buches: Used


Signed by author on title page. Hardcover with lightly bumped foot of spine. Slightly scuffed dust jacket with two small tears on upper and lower edges and some superficial scores. Minor creasing to lower leading corners of jacket. Second inner paper hinge is slightly split. Faint traces of colour pen on top of half-title page; otherwise text remains clear throughout. T. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 296028

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The much anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of ?Miss Garnet?s Angel?. Salley Vickers has been hailed as the new Penelope Fitzgerald by critics and readers alike.

Bridget Hansome and Frances Slater have only one thing in common. And that's Peter Hansome, who has died suddenly. Without their husband or lover, the women find that before they can rebuild their lives they must look to themselves and unravel mysteries that they had never before even suspected. So begins an unlikely alliance between wife and mistress and a voyage of discovery that is as comic as it is profound.

INSTANCES OF THE NUMBER 3 is a funny, beguiling exploration of love, bereavement, Shakespeare, illusion and the impossibility of escaping your past.

?Compulsive, like the Sultan listening to Scheherazade.? John Bayley

Rezension: Salley Vickers' novel Instances of the Number Three is set in London and Shropshire. It describes the relationship between a dead man, his wife and his mistresses and is illuminated by philosophical ponderings on Hamlet and his ghost, and the poetry of Dante, Gerald Manley Hopkins and John Donne. Peter Hansome is the dead husband who walks through the pages of the novel, appearing to his wife Bridget in "his old tweed jacket and cords. He was, in fact, exactly, but without the disfiguring cuts and bruises of the accident, as she had seen him last--in his coffin. "To come to terms with his life and death, literature-loving Bridget makes friends with his mistress, Francis, an ex-artists' model: "She ... had a capacity for stillness and the kind of body which reflects planes of light." But as the omniscient narrator says:

This is not an account of feminine jealousy, or even revenge, instead its a story of negotiation and discovery as the characters orbit each other like little planets.
Vickers' prose style is witty, literary and decorous, her musing on the instances of the number three take in purgatory, heaven and hell; the eternal lovers triangle and the trinity (memorably described as the "different flavours of a Neapolitan ice"). The book is a controlled meditation on personal identity, passion and art, where emotions are analysed and reconciled. Sally Vickers' trick is to keep you interested in the hearts and lives of the characters as her novel of ideas gently unfurls.

This is a fine successor to Vickers' hugely successful debut novel, Miss Garnett's Angel, a subtle story of an older woman's emotional epiphany set in contemporary Venice. --Eithne Farry

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