By John Braine
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The marvelous writer of ROOM on the best probes the obsessive ardour of a tender guy for a necessary older girl and the painful ordeal which needs to follow--the exorcism of hope, the shattering of bonds, the shaking off of a profound and robust effect.
"A masterful exploration of the numerous varieties of love. Compulsively readable...shows us what an outstandingly solid author he's; flashes of descriptive strength, subtleties of perception and instinct abound." (The Sunday instances, London)
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She read a lot, chiefly Mill's and Boon's light romances. I don't remember any other books in the cottage, but I do that remember a bright blue carpet in the living room and a profusion of china ornaments. I don't know why suspicion is she wasn't happy with my father; my that she was lonely. She considered herself several cuts above her working-class neighbors, and the few middle-class residents of the village considered themselves several cuts above her. Looking back at Engelsea, and relawas the Great Good Place from which where she had high tions, she saw it status and plenty of friends marriage had exiled her.
It started existence, like most seaside resorts, as a fishing village; most of the fishermen still live on the site of the original village in the Old Quarter east of the town. It would be agreeable to write glowingly of my boyhood by the sea and making friends with the fishermen's children and listening open-mouthed to some old salt's story far of adventure as in the picture of Raleigh's boyhood. But, in fact, I and the only old never talked to a fisherman in salt who was 28 my life, ever observed telling stories JOHN BRAINE / 29 was eventually jailed for tampering with them.
Quarter wasn't Street in fact really turesque, though the narrow streets with their alleys pic- and courtyards did have a certain charm. There were a few owned by fishermen old cottages nearby; they weren't but by retired people. Virtually all the buildings in the fishermen's quarter had been built in the 1850's by one of my ancestors — Martin Knossington—who had, uncharac- teristically for a Knossington, lost most of his profits in speculation. The were of local stone with no attempt at any kind of ornamentation.
The Queen of a Distant Country by John Braine