A View of the Harbour

A View of the Harbour

Paperback - 2015
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""Are we to go on until we are old, with just these odd moments here and there and danger always so narrowly evaded? Love draining away our vitality, our hold on life, never adding anything to us." Blindness and betrayal are Elizabeth Taylor's great subjects, and in A View of the Harbour she turns her unsparing gaze on the emotional and sexual politics of a seedy seaside town that's been left behind by modernity. Tory, recently divorced, is having an affair with her neighbor Robert, a doctor, whose wife, Beth, is Tory's best friend. Beth notices nothing--an author of melodramatic novels, she is too busy with them to mind her house or its inhabitants--but her daughter Prudence knows what is up and is appalled. Gossip spreads in the little community, and Taylor's view widens to take in a range of characters from senile, snoopy Mrs. Bracey; to a young, widowed proprietor of the local waxworks, Lily Wilson; to the would-be artist Bertram. Taylor's novel is a beautifully observed and written examination of the fictions around which we construct our lives and manage our losses"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : NYRB Classics, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©1947
ISBN: 9781590178485
Characteristics: pages ; cm.


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Jun 26, 2015

More insight into human nature than all psychology books put together. Now my favorite book of the decade. Thanks to NYRB for their ingenious choices for re-issue. If it weren't for their translations wouldn't have read some great treasures of world lit.


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