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Quartet
  • ISBN: 9780141183923
  • Pages: 176
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Binding: Paperback

Quartet

Jean Rhys
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Jean Rhys’s first novel is a heartbreaking and disturbingly intimate portrayal of an isolated woman in Paris.

Set in a superficially romantic, between-wars Paris, Quartet by Jean Rhys is a poignant tale of a lonely woman. Against a background of winter-wet streets, Pernod in smoky cafes and cheap hotel rooms with mauve- flowered wallpaper, Marya tries to make something substantial of her life in order to withstand the unreality of her surroundings. Alone, her Polish husband in prison, she is taken up by an English couple who slowly overwhelm her with their passions.

‘[Quartet] belongs to the new tradition in prose, which shuns elaboration for sharpness and intensity of effect’ The New York Times



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