Before the War (Paperback)Fay Weldon (author)
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A novel of love, death and aristocracy in twenties London.
Consider Vivien in November 1922. She is twenty-four, and a spinster. She wears fashionably droopy clothes, but she is plain and - worse - intelligent. Fortunately, Vivien is rich, so she can bribe a man to marry her. What nobody knows is that Vivien is pregnant, and will die in childbirth in just a few months...
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm
'Wise and witty ... filled with sharp observations' * The Times *
'The quirky, singular writing style takes some getting used to, but this triumphs in the end with its unique characters and playfully ironic voice' * The Irish Sun *
'A cool, sparkling, delicious book ... This is one of those rare works of fiction that will make seasoned novelists gasp ... while also offering the reader a breeze of a story' * The Australian *
'A daredevil combination of farce and satire... shades of Oscar Wilde, Evelyn Waugh, P. G. Wodehouse and John Fowles' * TLS *
'Looking down at her cast from amused heights, Weldon punctures their pretensions and double standards with piquant observations, keeps a detached eye on the power politics of their relationships, but also caricatures them' * Guardian *
'Lively ... wry social satire' * New York Times *
'Weldon, still at the top of her powers, serves up elegant prose that is witty, ironic - and emotionally distanced' * North & South magazine *
'If I had to recommend just one name to the uninformed young woman who curls her lip at the word "feminist" today, I would tell her to read Fay Weldon. Not only for Weldon's vision of gender justice, but for her take-no-prisoners approach to fiction. Her plots move swiftly; her gaze is unsettlingly direct; her sentences can draw blood' * The Hindu. *
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