By Beryl Bainbridge
while Claude stumbles upon an outdated picture, thoughts of a weekend spent within the corporation of his buddies come again in complete strength. within the photo are Lily, a thick-ankled lady who's unfortunate in love; Edward, the “awfully quiet and really great” geologist Lily is making an attempt to woo; “Victorian Norman,” a manufacturing facility employee and Marxist romantic; and Shebah, an aged Jewish drama queen who was once in convey enterprise. yet in the course of their country-house vacation, there has been deception and drama lurking at the back of the scenes.
throughout the voices of every of Claude’s site visitors, writer Beryl Bainbridge weaves a darkly comedian story of daily humans greedy for love—or lust—as a method of rebel opposed to the mundane normalcy in their lives. limited for an evening and an afternoon, they make a muck of all social pleasantries and placed their friendships at the line.
First written in 1967, then revised and republished in 1982, A Weekend with Claude marks a stylistic departure from Bainbridge’s well known third-person novels, comparable to The Bottle manufacturing unit Outing and Injury Time. but the grasp writer’s singular morbidity and black humor abound, making this a welcome and enjoyable learn with “the type of dreamy, evocative caliber we go along with the flicks of Éric Rohmer” (TheNew York Times).
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A Weekend with Claude: A Novel by Beryl Bainbridge