TRAPIDO BARBARA Temples of Delight

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Temples of Delight

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9780747594710: Temples of Delight

Jem McCrail is a fantastical godsend to the timid young Alice Pilling. Like a dropped acorn,” she appears halfway through the week, halfway through the term, and halfway through Miss Aldridge’s Silent Reading Hour. Through the doorway she barely clears, wearing clothes like the cowshed-crouching urchin she encountered in her favorite P. G. Wodehouse story, Jem leads the stammering Alice into a world of culture, truancy, and bizarrerie a world far beyond the desiccated lessons of school. The girls cultivate a steadfast bond based on a wicked and encircling sense of humor, an impish joy in indelicate literature, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

Then, as abruptly as she came, Jem disappears.

The years and schools that follow, as well as the lovers one stuffy but competent, the other a smug would-be Thatcherite do not dim the image of the wondrous Jem. The disheartened Alice is almost ready to settle when an accident and the intervention of a latter-day fallen angel impel her on one more wild and extravagant journey. At the end her quest will lead her through the portals opening to life’s profoundest joys. Like the opera it echoes, the result is pure enchantment.

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About the Author:

Barbara Trapido was born in South Africa and is the author of seven novels, including Brother of the More Famous Jack, Juggling, The Travelling Hornplayer, Sex and Stravinsky, Noah's Ark, and Frankie and Stankie. She lives in Oxford, England.

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One of those amiably literate British novels, with modest intellectual pretensions, vivid characters, and a creaky but engaging plot. When Alice Pilling first met brilliant and beautiful Jem MacCrail back in her very proper private girls' school, she was enchanted with Jem's insouciance, the remarkable stories she wrote and told, and her contempt for school rules. The two soon became friends, much to the concern of Alice's prosperous and upwardly mobile parents, who adored their only child. But for quiet Alice, Jem was the perfect friend--one who suggested all the rich possibilities of life beyond suburbia. Jem introduced her to literature, to music--in particular The Magic Flute, which gives a sort of intermittent thematic structure to the story here--and regaled her with tales of her colorful family, a family radically unlike the Pillings. But Jem left school as abruptly as she arrived, giving Alice the novel and stories she had written as mementos. Alice went up to Oxford, was courted by the estimable Roland, but nothing ever quite measured up to Jem and her stories. But now, while recuperating from a car accident, Alice receives an all-explaining letter from Jem, now pregnant and on the point of death. Alice is too late to see Jem, but the baby becomes hers, and quiet and agnostic Alice, fighting to get Jem's novel published, finds true love and faith at last. An often barely credible plot is more than compensated for by an unerring eye for the telling detail and nuance--and by a splendid assortment of vibrant characters. An eminently satisfying read from Trapido (Brother of the More Famous Jack, 1982). -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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