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The Holiday

The Holiday

Celia works at the Ministry in the post-war England of 1949 and lives in a London suburb with her beloved Aunt. Witty, fragile, quixotic, Celia is preoccupied with love — for her friends, her colleagues, her relations, and especially for her adored cousin Casmilus, with whom she goes on holiday to visit Uncle Heber, the vicar. Here they talk endlessly, argue, eat, tell stories, love and hate — moments of wild humour alternating with waves of melancholy as Celia ponders obsessively on the inevitable pain of love. In everything she wrote, Stevie Smith’s poetic, special eye captured the paradox of pain in all human affections — nowhere more so than in this wry, strongly autobiographical tale.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Classic Fiction (pre C 1945)

On Sale: 19th June 2008

Price: £10

ISBN-13: 9781844085392

Reviews

Those who find them [Stevie Smith's novels] entrancing ... find themselves on a hook which won't let go
PUNCH
Extraordinary handling of conversation always fascinating and recounted with a perfect ear...
GUARDIAN