Come in Spinner

Come in Spinner

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  • Hardback | 722 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 55.88mm | 1,224.69g
  • HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Angus & Robertson
  • Pymble, NSW, Australia
  • New edition
  • 0207156956
  • 9780207156953

Review Text

The fall of the dice, the toss of a coin, the deal of the cards, the speed of a racer - all factors in the play of chance are implicit in the title of this story of wartime Australia as seen through a cross sectioning of the lives of the hotel staff in Sydney during a momentous week. A bell boy and elevator operator, caught with a group of Americans in a stalled elevator between floors, sets the key in the chant of dice play during the interval of suspension. But he is not alone in his impulse to turn to chance. The beauty parlor operators - their manager - their clients, play the ponies, gamble at baccarat, and risk their chances of happiness in many ways. Guinea (known by her family as Peg) tries to think she is done with her childhood sweetheart, Kim, and determines to accept the solicitation of divorced Colonel Maddocks. It takes Kim's generous concern over Guinea's little sister, trapped into a brothel and up before the courts, to make her know where her happiness lies.... Less fortunate in her gamble is Deb, whose close-up view of poverty holds so much bitterness that she shelves Jack, and a marriage she feels has failed for the dubious gilded cage offered her by socialite Angus. Claire thought she had won through to happiness; but when Nigel risked all and lost, she knew that his need for her- and hers for him- counted more than security, and took her gamble again. These and other stories develop against the feverish wartime pattern of extremes, - emotional, financial, social, and the reader races through, capturing the mood, caught by the tempo, wracked by the agonies, surfeited with the excesses - but finding a ring of authenticity even at its most unpalatable. Not a pretty tale, but good reading. Winner of the Australian Novel Competition. (Kirkus Reviews)show more