A Game of Hide and Seek

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Paperback, Random House Inc, 2012, ISBN13 9781590174968, ISBN10 1590174968

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The mid-twentieth century British novelist Elizabeth Taylor

numbered among her admirers Elizabeth Bowen, Ivy Compton-

Burnett, and Kingsley Amis. She also regularly published stories

in The New Yorker for close to two decades. For all that, her

work, as steely as it is delicate, remains the secret of a small

number of intensely devoted readers.

The publication of her finest novel, A Game of Hide and Seek,

long unavailable in the United States, should help to change

that. This is an unabashed love story, capturing all the uncertainty

and inevitability and deceptiveness of true love, tracking

the shifting currents of emotional life, and never yielding to

melodrama. Set in Britain between the wars, a time of transition

between old convention and new ways, the book has for a

heroine Harriet, the only child of a suffragette, whom we meet

as a shy and domestic and not especially smart or pretty girl.

At eighteen she falls in love with Vesey, but after Vesey must

go away, she marries another man, Charles, and bears a child.

Then Vesey returns.

Love is at the center of the book, but so too is Taylors extraordinary

knack for depicting characters. The minor figures in

the bookfrom Harriets mothers friend Caroline, with her

progressive politics, to Charles, his coworkers, and his mother,

to Betsy with her schoolgirl crush on her Greek teacherare as

memorable as the passion and heartache of Harriet and Vesey.


Contributed by: Crain, Caleb
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publish Date: Feb 14, 2012
ISBN-13: 9781590174968
ISBN-10: 1590174968
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 328
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.75
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.9 x 5.0 x 0.7
Walmart No.: 9781590174968

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