Mr. Beluncle

Mr. Beluncle

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Mr. Beluncle in an imposing figure who fills his life with rich fantasies and exercises the unnerving power of his personality over those around him--often with hilarious results. With his characteristic grace and style, V.S. Pritchett traces Beluncle's steps toward financial ruin, gently revealing Belucnle's warm and humorous side, yet hinting darkly at his underlying suffering. V.S. Pritchett is a noted critic, biographer, and author of short stories and novels.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 24mm | 199.58g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192819607
  • 9780192819604

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A London suburb with a common, cardinal belief in calamity is the setting for the story of Mr. Beluncle, a whirligig of mixed emotions and drives since his dream world, of betterment and advancement, never correlates with reality. His rationalizations make possible his misuse of his mother's, his wife's and his sister's money, and the perilous financial position of Bulux, his furniture factory, is the cause of his attempts to keep Mrs. Truslove, widow of his partner and replacing him in the same position, and her money from leaving him. Mixed in with this is his connection with the Parkinson sect and the excitement of the cure worked for Mrs. Truslove's crippled sister, Judy. There are his boys, Henry, George and Leslie (quite a young horror and monster), the antipathy of the community represented by the venemous Voggs and his housebound mother, and the disastrous crash brought about through Judy's death. An airless congregation of the wounded and the unwounded make up this soul-scape of society's natural voids in which a glittering overgrowth of stylistic precision shadows a glum vacancy. For the I. Compton-Burnett and Henry Green audience. (Kirkus Reviews)
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