THE HOTHOUSE BY THE EAST RIVER.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.
UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.FINE-/FINE+.No owner inscrptn and no price-clip to dw/dj. Bright,crisp,clean,glossy colour pictorial artwork illustrated front panel of dw/dj with black+red lettering,white Spine/ backstrip with black lettering;rear panel undecorated - plain pale blue; with negligible shelf-wear,bumping creasing to edges and corners - an approx. 1cm closed tear (unrepaired) to front's head of spine's gutter fold/crease - no other nicks,tears or splits present and miniscule pushing at head+foot of spine/ backstrip.An accidental top corner dog-ear crease to rear inner flap of dw/dj - these the only detracting faults.Top+fore-edges particularly and exceptionally bright and clean and unusuall,without blemish,foxing or spotting; contents similar - pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners - appears unread,other than my own collation.Publisher's bright,crisp, unblemished, sharp-cornered,original,plain khaki/tan cloth boards with bright,crisp, blocked gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate,unblemished plain white endpapers.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,5-168pp [paginated] incldes VIII (8) chapters; plus [unpaginated] half-title+titlepages.
He is stabding in the middle of the room.She is sitting by the window,staring out over the east River.The late sunlight from the opposite window touches her shoulders and hair,it casts the shadow of palm leaves across the carpet,over her arm.The chair she sits in casts a shadow before her.
There is another shadow,hers.It falls behind her.
Behind her,and cast by what light?She is casting a shadow in the wrong direction.There's no light shining upon her from the east window.What is she looking at?
So,the scene is set for perhaps the most enchanted of all the voyages to which Mrs. Spark has invited her readers.On a round trip from present-day life in New York to war-time Intelligence work in England in 1944 and back again,the story gathers in characters who could only have been created by the author of Memento Mori, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Comforters.The pace,wit,humour and fantasy with which the narrative is endowed are, quite simply,dazzling but through it all there is a strong sense of experience,of life being lived and observed,albeit in her own words "from a slight angle to the Universe".
'The Hothouse by the East River' is a novel to be read many times and one whose shadow will never grow less no matter where it falls.
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