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A Quiet Life (Signed copy): Beryl Bainbridge

A Quiet Life (Signed copy)

Beryl Bainbridge

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ISBN 10: 0807608467 / ISBN 13: 9780807608463
Editorial: George Braziller, New York, 1977
Usado Condición: Very Good Hardback
Librería: Cox & Budge Books (Hythe, Reino Unido)

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First US edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 21.5 × 14.5cm, 210pp. Signed directly to the title page by Beryl Bainbridge. Seventeen-year-old Alan can't stand rows. But, though the Second World War has ended, peace hangs by a fine thread at home: his troublesome sister Madge creeps off for night-time liaisons with a German POW; their ineffectual father - broken by the hardships of war and an unhappy marriage - can't put food on the table despite the family's middle-class manners. Meanwhile, his mother pursues her escapist fantasies in romantic novels and love affairs. Obedient, faithful Alan is trapped among them all, the focus of their jibes and resentment, as inexorably the family heads towards disaster. Condition: The book itself is in good, solid shape with clean pages and secure binding. The dustwrapper is faded to the spine and chipped a little to the edges. It has been price-clipped but is now within a protective sleeve. N° de ref. de la librería 006057

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Título: A Quiet Life (Signed copy)

Editorial: George Braziller, New York

Año de publicación: 1977

Encuadernación: Hardback

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Good

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by The Author

Edición: First US Edition.

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Alan, a schoolboy living in a seaside village after the war, is concerned about the behaviour of his sister Madge. She has been seen talking to a German prisoner on the beach. Gradually her nightly disappearances affect the whole household. The parents become bitterly estranged, the wireless is turned up full volume so the neighbours won't hear the rows and the slamming of doors. Inexorably, Alan's consience and his love for his family lead to disaster. Does time distort or clarify events in the past? After twenty years can one ever be sure they took place at all? First published in 1976, this is a reissue of a novel by Beryl Bainbridge.


In the shabby, cluttered confines of their small house in an English seaside village just after World War II, a family of genteel poverty struggles daily, unremittingly, with itself. To escape the endless quarrel, the romantically disappointed mother spends half the night reading novels in the railway station, while the melancholy father weeps in front of the radio. The fifteen-year-old daughter sneaks off after dark to meet a German P.O.W. in the woods, and her brother, Alan, through whom we experience the domestic nightmare, suffers the family he tries to ignore and cannot alter, at least not until it has been destroyed.

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