This Real Night
By Rebecca West
*A powerful exposition of the strange necessity of artistic endeavour -- and its limitations, the struggle of light against darkness, good against evil, played out against the coming of the First World War
Acknowledged as Rebecca West's fictional masterpiece, The Fountain Overflows introduces the crisis-ridden Aubrey family. This Real Night continues their remarkable story.
It is the early 1900s. With the disappearance of Piers, her feckless and gambling husband, and the sale of some valuable paintings, Clare Aubrey has a firmer grip on the purse strings. Rose and Mary are at music college, struggling for artistic perfection, while the self-assured Cordelia has fallen into the role of art dealer's assistant. Richard Quin, beloved younger brother, is contemplating Oxford. The children's coming of age, with its gradual acceptance of love and loss, becomes all the more poignant as the events of the First World War gather pace...
Rebecca West (1892-1983) was born in London. As literary critic, biographer, journalist and novelist, she dominated the world of letters for over seventy years.
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31 Dec 1987
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