King of a Rainy Country

King of a Rainy Country

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552067636
  • 9780552067638

Review Text

Neither as fanciful, nor as original, as in her first novel-Hackenfeller's Ape, Miss Brophy seems in this book to be attempting to follow in Iris Murdoch's footsteps rather than to stake out some territory for herself. On the day when Susan deliberately moves in to live platonically with Neale, she takes a job as secretary to a pornographic bookseller. While looking through some of the stock, she discovers a nude photograph of an old school friend and she decides, with Neale, to find Cynthia whom they hear is in Venice. They take jobs as guides to a group of American tourists, going from Nice to Venice, and it is an appalling trip, aggravated by the conduct of the Americans. When they reach Venice, find Cynthia, and through her meet an attractive American opera singer, they both learn something about their own natures and about life....Miss Brophy is neither as able in her frenzied adventure scenes, nor as interesting in her philosophy as Miss Murdoch. She writes well, however, and is still a young writer to watch. (Kirkus Reviews)show more