The Victorian Chaise-longue

The Victorian Chaise-longue


By (author) Marghanita Laski, Preface by P. D. James

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  • Publisher: Persephone Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 192mm x 14mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 22 June 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0953478041
  • ISBN 13: 9780953478040
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 191,162

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An illusionary reverie cossets sentiment and indulges some decorative detail of the period when it transposes Melanie, as she lies on her Victorian chaise longue, to an earlier identity as Milly Baines. As Melanie, she has everything to live for- the love of Guy and a new baby, and the protective care of Sister and Nanny shrouds her as she convalesces from tuberculosis. But the dream in which she becomes Milly Baines brings her into a nightmare world where she is dying of consumption under the vindictive surveillance of a sister; where the man she loves will marry another; where her illegitimate baby had been taken from her; and where she faces the terrifying duality of being Milly- or Melly... For Melly, this long sleep is indeed a tortured time, but for the reader, presumably feminine, it is at best a catnap- and a tour de force of more skill than substance. (Kirkus Reviews)