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Harriet Hume by Rebecca West
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Jan 13, 09

bookshelves: 1001-books, fantasy-sf, female_author
Read in November, 2008

A young man, Arnold Condorex, has an affair with Harriet Hume, a beautiful piano player. Then he leaves her to have a successful career in politics, but she shows up at different stages of his life to make him see how his life is going wrong. The book is also called "A London fantasy" and every time he meets Harriet again something fantastical happens, such as all the statues in London coming to life or three young women turning into trees. The writing is wonderful and I love the London that is portrayed in here and really enjoy the fantastical element, but I never really cared for the characters. It's very distracting when Arnold keeps calling Harriet "trollop" and "bitch" and it's not supposed to be insulting, and I have no idea why Harriet cared for him at all. She wasn't a real person but rather some sort of symbol of femininity.
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