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Title:The Drowning People
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Publisher:Penguin
ISBN:014027894X
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Number of Pages:367
Category:Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary, British literature

The Drowning People by Richard Mason

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Drowning People My wife of more than forty five years shot herself yesterday afternoon At least that is what the police assume and I am playing the part of grieving widower with enthusiasm and success It was I who killed her .

Thus begins the much hyped first novel by year old Oxford undergraduate Richard Mason Your typical murder mystery i The Drowning People i is not for we are given the identity of the killer the i who i immediately The puzzle in this introspective novel is i why i why did year old James Farrell murder his aristocratic wife Sarah The answer lies nearly years into the past as the book ranges from Prague to London from France to a remote castle in Cornwall At its core is an intoxicating love affair between year old James a talented violinist and hopeless romantic and Ella Harewood an American heiress to an English title trapped by her heritage and destiny .

A beautifully written exploration of self absorbed first love and its tragic consequences i The Drowning People i soars beyond the highest of expectations placed upon it

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A haunting wildly imagined novel by the acclaimed author of History of a Pleasure Seeker set in the first decades of twentieth century colonial Cape Town and in a spirit filled forest of secrets and magic powers br br It is Germany has just declared war on France Piet Barol the handsome irresistible figure of Mason s much admired sensuous History of a Pleasure Seeker is once again at the center of this ambitious lush new novel Barol a European adventurer living as a poseur in South Africa s Cape Colony navigates the turbulence and opportunities of this strange land in his blind quest for comfort and riches as thousands of black families have been turned out of their homes by a white government bent on confiscating of the country for the exclusive use of Europeans br br Piet and his wife have successfully grandly lived a life for the past five years as colonials impersonating French aristocrats the dazzling Vicomte and Vicomtesse Pierre de Barol of the Chateau de Barol on the banks of the Loire River though in truth he is Dutch and far from aristocratic and she is American and hardly of the railroad fortune family she so often and casually invokes Both are wily and both have large dreams After years of supremely decadent living Fortune which has always favored Piet has grown tired of him and the Barols luck is about to run out They are short of cash and on the verge of ruin br br As one last grand effort they have embarked on a furniture business full of possibility They need wood for the enterprise and through Piet s charm and guile have come upon the source for their inventory that will make all of them rich The wood is in a forbidden forest filled with sacred untouchable trees of fine mahogany which Piet is sure he will be able to extract in exchange for beads and glass trickets His pursuit of the bewitched trees of the fabled forest of Gwadana takes him deep into the Xhosa pron KO sa homelands where unfailing charm wit and the friendship of two black men are his only allies as he attempts an act of supreme audacity to steal a forest from its rightful owners a Xhosa clan who know to be true that the spirits of their ancestors reside in their magical ageless trees, Piet Barol the titular pleasure seeker is a priapic ambitious young man come to seek his fortune in belle poque Amsterdam Unlike Fr d ric Moreau in Flaubert s i L ducation sentimentale i to which this book owes no meagre debt Piet is magnificently gifted not only extremely attractive to most women and to many men but also a fine pianist draughtsman and lover We first meet him interviewing for the role of tutor to the son of the wealthy hotelier Maarten Vermeulen Sickerts All is not well in his gilded household Egbert the son is agoraphobic The matriarch Jacobina hasn t been touched by her husband in almost a decade Into this highly strung atmosphere comes Piet charged with the task of freeing Egbert from his paralysing fear of the outside world We soon realise however that Egbert isn t the only one in need of help Piet sets about liberating the libidos of the repressed family through music championing bawdy Bizet over abstract Bach and oral sex While the setting is Dutch the influences are French think i Bel Ami i i Les Liaisons dangereuses i and Gide s i L Immoraliste i, My wife of more than forty five years shot herself yesterday afternoon At least that is what the police assume and I am playing the part of grieving widower with enthusiasm and success It was I who killed her br br Thus begins the much hyped first novel by year old Oxford undergraduate Richard Mason Your typical murder mystery i The Drowning People i is not for we are given the identity of the killer the i who i immediately The puzzle in this introspective novel is i why i why did year old James Farrell murder his aristocratic wife Sarah The answer lies nearly years into the past as the book ranges from Prague to London from France to a remote castle in Cornwall At its core is an intoxicating love affair between year old James a talented violinist and hopeless romantic and Ella Harewood an American heiress to an English title trapped by her heritage and destiny br br A beautifully written exploration of self absorbed first love and its tragic consequences i The Drowning People i soars beyond the highest of expectations placed upon it, Since their days at Oxford they ve gone their separate ways but none of them have come to terms with Maggie s acciendental death She was always the headstrong one the righter of the wrongs It was her idea to teach Jake s childhood tormentor a lesson But is those she left behind who learned that lessons seldom unfold as planned