This novel is concerned with the mystery and menace underpinning everyday life, focusing on Louise and Rennie whose dreamhouse, a decaying Tuscan villa is, in reality, the stuff of nightmares. However, as the long, hot summer and the story progresses, Louise's life begins to ripen with new and unconventional possibilities. Kate Grenville is the author of a collection of short stories and the novel "Lillian's story".
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Images of death, decay and putrefaction, of violence, sexual perversion and thwarted escape permeate this stunning second novel, a psychological thriller by the Australian author of Lillian's Story. In a cloud of suppressed hostility, the narrator, Louise, and her professor husband Rennie come from London to Tuscany, where they are to spend the summer in a villa loaned to them by Rennie's colleague Daniel. The house turns out to be in a dangerous state of disrepair, infested by mice and threatened by the inroads of predatory nature. "The final collapse was only a matter of time," Louise says, but she is also talking about her marriage. When Daniel arrives unexpectedly to join his obnoxious, aloof children Viola and Hugo in his other villa next door, Louise's suspicions about her husband and Daniel's relationship are aroused. An almost palpable air of sexual tension, underscored by menace and mystery, suffuses the taut narrative. Grenville's ability to create surcharged imagery seems limitless: a lobster thrust in boiling water seems "to take hours to die . . . its shriek floating up in the steam"; a woman's face "had the grey papery quality of something incurable"; hundreds of clocks all "tick . . . away together, each one a mass of jittering wheels beneath the bland face"; a kitchen is stocked with "smiling curved" knives . . . "with a nick in each blade like a shark's mouth." The seething tension seems to demand a more explosive resolution than Grenville provides, but the gothic atmosphere she so deftly manipulates makes this a gripping tale.
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Rennie Dufrey is proud of his thick orange mustache and his striking wife Louise, who married him for the income and position that he will soon offer as a professor. Vaguely worried that they might not be able to stand being alone with each other, Rennie and Louise set off to spend the summer in the Italian villa that Daniel, a professor friend, has loaned them. The villa proves to be in wretched disrepair, and their only neighbors are Hugo and Viola, Daniel's strange, secretive children. Daniel finally arrives to whisk them off to his home across the valley. Soon after, Louise realizes that she had been living with a stranger: " . . . it had taken me this long to recognize my husband as a man who belonged to men, not to women." The novel's strength lies in Louise's quiet acceptance of this realization, which allows her to discover herself and to act on her discovery. Mary L. Kirk, Univ . of North Carolina at Wilmington Lib.
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Description du livre UQP, St Lucia , QLD, 1986. Hard Cover. État : Very Good. Etat de la jaquette : Very Good. First Edition. pink boards in pictorial DJ, 170pp. Unclipped DJ has minor rubbing, creasing to edges, fading to spine area. Book has minor rubbing to covers, inside has tanning to page edges, PO name to ffep, else square, clean & tight. Relationship tension on a summer lease in Tuscany. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de réf. du libraire jen001453
Description du livre University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia, 1986. Hardback. 1st Edition. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in purpose-made plastic sleeve. Small stain to lower rear edge of DJ Pages lightly tanned as usual. 170 pages. N° de réf. du libraire 290008
Description du livre University of Queensland Press, Australia, 1986. Hardcover. État : Good. Etat de la jaquette : Good. First Edition. Inscribed by Author. Boards faded and discoloured by jacket. Size: 8vo Octavo (8 to 9 inches). Binding tight, covers & spine fully intact, but spine slightly cocked. Edges heavily foxed / browned. Minor marks & edgewear to boards and jacket, including small open tears to jacket. Inscribed by Author. ISBN: 0702219592. ISBN/EAN: 9780702219597. N° de réf. du libraire 24843
Description du livre Univ. of Qld Press, Australia, 1986. Hardcover. État : Very Good. Etat de la jaquette : Very Good. First Edition. Size: 8"-9" Tall. Previous owner's name in ink. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Australian Fiction; ISBN: 0702219592. ISBN/EAN: 9780702219597. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 14837. N° de réf. du libraire 14837
Description du livre University of Quensland Press St. Lucia, Qld. 1986 Publisher's Proof, 1986. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Card Covers Very Good Red card covers, "UQP" in yellow at head of front cover but no other title, pp. [i-iv], 1- 170, cover corners and edges lightly rubbed. N° de réf. du libraire 003328
Description du livre University Of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1986. Hardcover. État : Very Good. Etat de la jaquette : Very Good. 1st Edition. Signed by Author(s). N° de réf. du libraire 001083
Description du livre University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, 1986. Cloth. État : Very Good. Etat de la jaquette : Very Good. 1st Edition. 170pp. Pages browned, light foxing to edges, spine ends bumped. N° de réf. du libraire 22535
Description du livre University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1986. Hardcover. État : Fine. Etat de la jaquette : Fine. 1st Edition. 170p. Original salmon coloured boards. wrappers. The author's second published novel that was runner-up for the Australian Vogel Award. A superb first printing inlike excellent dustwrapper. N° de réf. du libraire 30416
Description du livre University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia, Queensland, 1986. Hardcover. État : As New. First Edition. Mint book in clean fresh pink board covers with maroon titles on the spine. Internally mint; SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the title page; faint hint of a tan to page edges. The dust jacket is mint and not price clipped. A lovely copy. Signed by Author(s). N° de réf. du libraire 028932
Description du livre University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1986. Soft cover. État : Very Good. 1st Edition. Advanced Proofs for the first edition. Covers slightly rubbed else Very Good. 170p. Original red wrappers. Publisher's letter to Australian author Gerard Windsor loosely inserted. Signed by the author on title page. Author's second novel filmed as Trap and runner-up for the 1983 Australian Vogel Award. Signed by Author(s). N° de réf. du libraire 12129