Losing Larry

Losing Larry

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New ed of Large Print ed
  • 0753164604
  • 9780753164600

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One of our wittiest novelists turns her beady eye on Europe in the early 1960s, when in England the young of the Upper Classes considered it very avant-garde to be politically as far left as they could go, and Eastern Europe was still very largely dominated by Russia. Larry Dunne, a likeable young man - guileless, gullible and idealistic son of the Headmaster of a prestigious Grammar School compensates for his dull, respectable, background by writing bad poetry, living in a garret, sleeping with Pamela (rich and 'liberated') and espousing the Marxist Cause. To prove his dedication to his convictions he impulsively applies for a job teaching English in Budapest and is taken aback when enthusiastically accepted. He sets off on his first foreign adventure buoyed-up by high hopes and good intentions, only to find (as we knew he would) a very different world 'out there'. His trusting nature leads him to be manipulated into situations he doesn't understand and when, following a mysterious murder in his apartment block, he disappears, there is consternation on both sides of the English Channel: his family and friends are frightened for his safety, the Hungarian authorities want him as a scapegoat; the British Foreign Office, still smarting from the memory of the Burgess-McLean Affair, spins off into wild fantasy (could Larry be a Double Agent?). Meanwhile Larry, just one step ahead of total disaster, finds the landmarks by which he has always lived crumbling into familiar dust. Pewsey admires will have spotted that this is not one of her delicious Mountjoy novels, but a one-off-near-thriller- but with the humour still much in evidence (she has a gimlet eye for false prestige and unwarranted eminence), and the impeccable, unobtrusively polished, style. Great stuff. (Kirkus UK)show more