'Nothing can happen nowhere. The locale of the happening always colours the happening and often, to a degree, shapes it ...' - Elizabeth Bowen. This compelling study explores the way the great themes of English and French fiction in the past two centuries have been expressed through writers' sense of place. Gillian Tindall shows how familiar ...Read More'Nothing can happen nowhere. The locale of the happening always colours the happening and often, to a degree, shapes it ...' - Elizabeth Bowen. This compelling study explores the way the great themes of English and French fiction in the past two centuries have been expressed through writers' sense of place. Gillian Tindall shows how familiar landscapes - whether Yorkshire moors or Paris streets - can acquire the force of powerful metaphors: rural scenes which embody regret for a golden past; cities which come to stand, paradoxically, both for decay and alienation and for hopes of a new life; country houses which survive in the memory as repositories of youthful dreams, spiritual mansions of the soul. A subtle and complex argument develops, through illuminating and detailed reading of a host of novelists, from Dickens and Zola to Alain Fournier and Evelyn Waugh. The result is a highly original view of two complementary cultures, a book which asks us to take a fresh look at the way in which writers map out and inhabit their own particular countries of the mind.Read Less
Very Good / Very Good. Octavo, 9 1/2" tall, 254 pages, black cloth. A very good, clean, hardcover first edition with minor shelf wear, hinges and binding tight, but paper lightly yellowed. In a very good dust jacket with light wear at the folds, one short edge tear, and with original price.
Used-Good. This book is in good condition. All pages are intact, there are no tears to the book and the book is nice and clean. The pages might be slightly dog eared through previous use and textbooks might have a small amount of highlighting but nothing which will obstruct getting the maximum out of the book. Customers are protected by 100% refund guarantee if they are not happy.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Cloth. 8vo. 254pp. The author explores the ways in which landscapes and places generate a mood and create a metaphor which impacts a story. Yorkshire moors, city streets, etc all call up psychological responses. He presents examples from Bronte to Proust by way of demonstration. Book and jacket in Very Good condition.
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