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The meeting of John and Florence Dowell and Edward and Leonora Ashburnham in a German health spa is the centre of a train of lies, deceptions, adulterous love triangles and deaths. John Dowell, a memorably "unreliable" narrator, calls it "the saddest story I have ever heard". His narrative distance stems partly from the distance in time of the events, partly from his absence from some of them, but mostly from his ignorance or denial of realities as intimate as his wife's serial deception.
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"The narrative casts a mesmeric spell... intelligent, beautifully written, heartfelt and true, and a great book" (Sunday Times)
"I would rather have written Ford Madox Ford's novel than all the books I have written. After reading it a dozen times, I still find a mystery at its heart... an exercise in elegance and a triumph of structure. I am always imitating it and always failing. The prose makes my heart ache with envy" (Ruth Rendell Guardian)
"An astounding novel" (The Times)
"Sometimes the best presents come in small packages...masterful" (Daily Telegraph)
"A central figure, artistically and influentially, in the modern movement...a masterpiece of Impressionism, as well as of intricate plotting, technical manipulation and powerful irony" (Guardian)
A brilliant and heart-rending evocation of destructive passion.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0141181192
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # S-0141181192