Light years away from her own modern, sophisticated world, the cottage and its surrounding community teem with rural charm. With Lydia is the well-intentioned Betty, a loyal and selfless friend who likes to do the cooking. What better companion to vent her malice on could there be?
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Lydia, a proud and witty journalist, retreats to a Welsh valley while her broken heart mends. Originally published in 1985, Unexplained Laughter—“Alice Thomas Ellis’s best novel,” according to THE SPECTATOR—is filled with mordant wit, metaphysical moment, and emanations of the uncanny. With a new Afterword by James Mustich, Jr.From Publishers Weekly:
The latest in a series of depressing romances has caused Lydia, a sophisticated London journalist, to repair to a primitive cottage in Wales where she hopes to forget about such matters. Ironically, she has chosen a site rife with love in all its many guises. Her normally steadfast companion, Betty, soon conceives a tendresse for Bueno, a neighbor who can love only God. Bueno's young sister is wedded to Nature and his sister-in-law is having an affair with the local doctor who is supremely in love with himself. Soothed by the onslaught of other people's passions, Lydia's natural wit revives to give us some deliciously amusing and trenchant observations about love, both sacred and profane. Another of Ellis's stylish forays into British mores (The Birds of the Air; The Other Side of the Fire, this work should expand her enthusiastic following.
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Book Description Harper and Row, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 68373
Book Description Harpercollins, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060157224
Book Description Harpercollins, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060157224