'Everybody's immoral in Sirene. It's the air. Can't help it, poor dears.'
In 1914, bored of wartime Lucerne, the beautiful, cross-dressing Rosalba Donsante escapes to the island of Sirene to seek out new conquests, followed by her long-suffering English lover, Aurora. But even Aurora's patience is tested to the limit when Rosalba sets her sights upon a new target, leaving a trail of broken hearts in her wake.
Extraordinary Women (first published in 1928) is the second of Compton Mackenzie's satirical novels set on the island of Capri (fictionalised as Sirene), a tolerant island that was a haven for impoverished retirees, hedonistic exiles and gossips alike.
Publisher: Faber & Faber ISBN: 9780571251582 Number of pages: 240 Weight: 258 g Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 17 mm Edition: Main
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