Behaving badly made Lydia feel better. She hoped she wasn't turning into one of those maniacs who murder people in order to establish their superiority over their fellows who say Please and Thank you and conform to the basic customs of society. Recovering from a love affair gone wrong, Lydia retreats to the Welsh countryside, leaving behind her ...
Behaving badly made Lydia feel better. She hoped she wasn't turning into one of those maniacs who murder people in order to establish their superiority over their fellows who say Please and Thank you and conform to the basic customs of society. Recovering from a love affair gone wrong, Lydia retreats to the Welsh countryside, leaving behind her sophisticated friends, but accidentally inviting Betty, "the human equivalent of sackcloth and ashes," as her companion. There they encounter Hywel, a dour farmer, Elizabeth, his nervous wife, the aspiring priest Beuno, Hywel's brother, and randy Doctor Wyn. Meanwhile Hywel's strange sister Angharad roams the land, observing all, while Lydia is increasingly unnerved by the unexplained laughter that comes down from the hills.
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Publishers Weekly, 1987-06-05 The latest in a series of depressing romances has caused Lydia, a sophisticated London journalist, to repair to a primitive cottage in Wales where she hopes to forget about such matters. Ironically, she has chosen a site rife with love in all its many guises. Her normally steadfast companion, Betty, soon conceives a tendresse for Bueno, a neighbor who can love only God. Bueno's young sister is wedded to Nature and his sister-in-law is having an affair with the local doctor who is supremely in love with himself. Soothed by the onslaught of other people's passions, Lydia's natural wit revives to give us some deliciously amusing and trenchant observations about love, both sacred and profane. Another of Ellis's stylish forays into British mores (The Birds of the Air; The Other Side of the Fire, this work should expand her enthusiastic following. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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