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Barbara Comyns , Susannah Harker

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Book Description

December 2000
In this Freudian fantasy, Alice Rowlands lives with a father glowering 'like a disappointed thunderstorm', a fast-fading mother and a beastly menagerie in a dark house in 1930s Battersea. With her mother's death, life becomes almost intolerable for Alice, whose father treats her as a slave. Then kind 'Blinkers', the vet's assistant, arranges for her to live with his mother in the country.

There, Alice revels in the beauty of nature and falls head over heels for Nicholas, the lovely boy who takes her skating, motoring, and smiles at her. But Nicholas has other fish to fry, and Alice is forced to fall back on a talent for rising above her troubles . . .

Back in London, that talent comes to the attention of her father -- who rapaciously propels Alice towards fame on Clapham Common . . .

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Sterling Audio Books; Unabridged edition (December 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754005348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754005346
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g

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'A small masterpiece of psychological tension' -- MARIAN ELDRIDGE

'All of her books read as if she wrote them effortlessly' -- URSULA HOLDEN

'Beautiful and haunting' -- IRISH TIMES

'The characters seem to exist in a perpetual Mad Hatter's teaparty' -- KATE SAUNDERS

'This writer is marvellous' -- GRAHAM GREENE --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Barbara Comyns was born in Warwickshire in 1909. She worked in advertising, dealt in old cars and antiques, bred poodles, and developed property. She and her second husband lived in Spain for eighteen years. Comyns died in 1992. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Immortal Book Jan. 2 2007
By Ruby Petunia - Published on
Every sentence of this book startles, as if written by a person who understood language differently and better than other writers. It is a very short novel and an astounding one, a remarkable trip into the consciousness of a young girl who is subtly estranged from the world around her. Comyns writes in her own tradition, but she bears a sure relation to Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, and Penelope Fitzgerald, whose devotees will certainly love this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Neo-Gothic Classic Nov. 9 2011
By Bill Corporandy - Published on
This is one of my favorite books. I have read 2 of Comyn's other novels and enjoyed them but I prefer this one by a wide margin. A previous viewer has compared her to Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, and Penelope Fitzgerald. I see the legitimacy of the Fitzgerald comparison and especially the similarity to Bowen but not so much the Woolf comparison. I am sure there is legitimacy to her opinion but would urge readers of these reviews not to be put off if you are not a Woolf fan. I do not like Woolf but love Comyns. Her style is strange, nightmarish, gothic, and yet grimly realistic in many ways. I do not think it is a plot wrecker to mention that early on we see that this sad young girl has the gift of levitation. I guarantee you will never forget this book's vivid characters, atmosphere, and plot. By the way, another excellent novel involving levitation is Paul Auster's Mr. Vertigo.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird & Wonderful April 21 2011
By Gentle Reader - Published on
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The writing in this book is so strange and vivid... reading this small book left me breathless. It starts out as a small story about a wretched girl and her horrible upbringing, then becomes kind of a fantasy, which I didn't so much care for. But still, the whole book is so original that I have recommended it to a bunch of friends.

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