Who killed Leo Ulm - was it in fact a murder? This novel is a portrait of Leo - academic, TV pundit and globe-trotter - who richly deserves his nemesis. The main theme of the book is Leo's womanizing tendencies and the manner in which he lives off adoration, female dependence and love. Victoria Glendinning is the author of several biographies, including "Elizabeth Bowen - Portrait of a Writer", "Edith Sitwell - A Unicorn Among Lions", "Vita - A Biography of V. Sackville-West" and "Rebecca West - A Life".
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Victoria Glendinning is the award-winning biographer of Elizabeth Bowen, Leonard Woolf, Anthony Trollope, Edith Sitwell, Vita Sackville-West, Rebecca West and Jonathan Swift. Her novels, The Grown-Ups, Electricity and Flight, were critical and commercial successes. She divides her time between London, Provence and Ireland.From Publishers Weekly:
In her fiction debut, the renowned British biographer ( Rebecca West ; Vita ) takes an astringent look at the lives of seemingly sophisticated "grown-ups" who are capable of childlike behavior when obsessed by love or lust. Martha, Alice and Clara, friends since boarding school, are in love with Dr. Leo Ulm, "the famous social philosopher" and charismatic TV and lecture-circuit star. Martha is married to him, Alice is the wife of his blind son from his first marriage, and Clara is unable to commit herself to her lover Harry because she adulates Leo. (Charlotte, Leo's first wife, still longs for him as well.) All are aware that Leo is egocentric, childish and demanding, but they live for his praise and one of his endearingly crooked smiles. In scenes shot with wry humor, Glendinning focuses on the few months prior to Leo's premature death, an event that brings profound changes to the lives of the heroines. In crisp, colloquial prose ("There's more to love than fucking," the novel's opening sentence reads), Glendinning examines men's attitudes toward women--and vice versa--in the era of women's lib. This is effective to a point: Glendinning is neither as insightful as Margaret Drabble (like Drabble, she makes acidic references to Thatcher's England and indulges in ironic asides)--nor as gleefully wicked as Fay Weldon. The novel has some fine moments, however, and in general is a diverting read. BOMC and QPB selections.
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