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After ten years of marriage, Patrick and Iris Orde have become complacent and passionless in their marriage and in their lives. When they inherit Iris’s father’s estate in Corfu, the change of scenery and the warmth of the Mediterranean sun seem just what they need. Patrick is able to devote himself to his hobbies, while Iris, a doctor, opens a clinic to treat the ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Valancourt Books (first published 1954)
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Addy
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book really surprised me by the depth and twists it took me down. I knew it would end badly and by the time I read the sentence I so badly didn't want to finish. I was that devastated. The dark colored glasses were indeed rose colored. The main character almost seemed blinded by everything that was happening around him that in turn, it blinded the reader as well. The scandals and secrets definitely made it hard to put down. I think about it still and it breaks my heart. Some things were ...more
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May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book, not aided by its cover, feels somewhat dated but the issues raised are as valid today as they were then. A boy and girl are both drawn to Patrick, who is staying with his wife in Corfu, and as the tale unravels relationships are created and broken and latent jealousies and pasts float to the surface in compelling fashion.

This homosexuality here is ambiguous and underplayed, but it’s there, throbbing beneath the surface and triggering a shocking denouement, the clues to which are
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