Heaven in Your Hand

Heaven in Your Hand

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 108 x 176 x 18mm | 158.76g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552091057
  • 9780552091053

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Short stories, these are set for the most part in England, with one in Rome and one in Africa. There's grimness to several that seems to strike a new note for Norah Lofts:- The Black Christ of Ad?? tells of a painter who abandoned his career and went to Africa- and there painted the one great painting which might have established him, but its effect was so devastating that no one could bear it; All That Is Necessary in which an old ladies' home turns out to be something quite different; Father Francisco's Ornament where an odd blend of pagan and Christian superstition almost destroys his lifetime work among the Majos; a morbid story with a twist of humor at the end, The Spellbinders. There's one rather tender love story, But I've Had Everything. And a charming and wistful story of an old maid who finds her fulfillment in adopting an Italian baby. There's occasional evidence of that gift for evoking place and time, characteristic of her novels- and her people come alive. On the whole, a wide choice of entertainment, but in final analysis, these stories lack the spellbinding quality of the novels. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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