By Rebecca West
* Rich in period detail, lyrical in its evocation of the Thames, a novel that reveals both the problems of marriage and the ecstasies of sexual love
Cousin Rosamund unfolds the final chapters of the saga that began with The Fountain Overflows, Rebecca West's acknowleged masterpiece, and continued with This Real Night.
As the glitter of the 1920s gives way to the Depression, Rose and Mary find themselves feted and successful pianists. But their happiness is diminished by their cousin's unfathomable marriage to a man they perceive as grotesque. Lacking her cousin Rosamund's intuitive understanding, Rose looks to the surrogate wisdom of Mr Morpurgo, while quiet days with Aunt Lily and the Darcys at their pub on the Thames offer respite from the tensions of foreign concert tours. With approaching middle age Rose gains in perspective. Yet the most exciting development still awaits her: the discovery of and delight in her own sexuality...
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 1988
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A lastingly important English writer — Marghanita Laski
Rich, generous and consoling in spirit — Hilary Spurling, OBSERVER
Rebecca West highly intelligent, highly gifted, vital, original, combative, formidable and kind was a great woman — Victoria Glendinning