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Titre : The Crimson Portrait
Éditeur : Tantor Media, Inc, United States
Date d'édition : 2007
Reliure : CD-Audio
Etat du livre : New
Edition : Library ed.
Language: English . Brand New. This haunting love story-the magnificent new historical novel by the author of the national bestseller The Fig Eater-makes unforgettably real the ravages of love and war. Spring 1915. On a sprawling country estate not far from London, a young woman mourns her husband, fallen on a distant battlefield. The eerie stillness in which she grieves is abruptly shattered as her home is transformed into a bustling military hospital. Recoiling from the chaos, unhinged by grief, the young widow finds unexpected refuge in a tender young soldier whose face, concealed by bandages, she cannot see. Their affair takes a fateful turn when she confronts-and seizes upon-the opportunity to remake her lover in the image of her lost husband. The Crimson Portrait is a novel of glittering surfaces that belie dark truths. Its rich cast comes into focus as the novel peels back layers of suspense and intrigue to illuminate the abiding mysteries of affinity and desire. Shields s writing weaves dark mythical symbolism with matter-of-fact medical nitty-gritty to reveal what happens when class, ignorance, hopefulness and despair coalesce. -Publishers Weekly Lovely writing. -Kirkus. N° de réf. du libraire AAC9781400133383
Synopsis : Spring 1915. On a sprawling country estate not far from London a young woman mourns her husband, fallen on a distant battlefield. But the isolationand eerie stillness in which she grieves is shattered as her home is transformed into a bustling military hospital. Disturbed by the intrusion of the suffering soldiers, the increasingly fragile widow finds unexpected solace in the company of a wounded officer whose mutilateded face, concealed by bandages, she cannot see. Their affair takes an unexpected turn when fate presents her with an opportunity: to remake her lover – with the unwitting help of a visionary surgeon and a woman artist – in the image of her lost husband... Inspired by the little-known but extraordinary collaboration between artists and surgeons in the treatment and rehabilitation of wounded men during the First World War, The Crimson Portrait illuminates the abiding mysteries of identity and desire. It is a disturbing, dazzling novel – as stylish, suspenseful and darkly erotic as Jody Shields' acclaimed bestselling début, The Fig Eater.
Description du livre: The magnificent new historical novel by the author of the bestselling The Fig Eater - a haunting love story that makes unforgettably real the ravages of war.
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