Mary Louise Dallon, fearful of being trapped forever in her parents' cramped farmhouse, is too naive to resist the limited attractions of the nearby small town in the provincial Ireland of 1955. A hasty marriage leads to despair and desolation. Read by the actress Sinead Cussack.Mary Louise Dallon, fearful of being trapped forever in her parents' cramped farmhouse, is too naive to resist the limited attractions of the nearby small town in the provincial Ireland of 1955. A hasty marriage leads to despair and desolation. Read by the actress Sinead Cussack.Read Less
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As New in As New jacket. 8vo. pp. 220, "'Reading Turgenev' is the story of Mary Louise Dallon. Young and ingenuous, fearful of being trapped for ever in her parent's cramped farmhouse, she cannot resist the limited attractions of the nearby small town. Then she marries into it, only to discover a despair and a desolation that her sheltered girlhood has not even faintly exposed her to. When she is rescued it is not by a stalwart lover who might hurry her away to happiness ever after but by a bespectacled boy in poor health who reads Turgenev to her in a deserted country churchyard. Beneath his spell Mary Louise slowly returns to life, but the reality of her marriage, of her husband's two grimly destructive sisters and the claustrophobia of a town that once seemed like paradise, do not readily free her from their grasp. Her brief love affair is all she has to cherish, and she knows that to survive at all she must cherish it to the very grave. Originally published together with 'My House in Umbria'-its complementary novel-'Reading Turgenev' is a masterpiece. The cumulative impact of the author's precise prose is shattering, as he demonstrates how the life of the imagination can overcome reality in 'one of the most beautiful and memorable things he has written' (Hermione Lee, 'Independent on Sunday).
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