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The Fountain

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  28 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Paperback, 436 pages
Published November 12th 2006 by Hesperides Press (first published 1932)
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Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Rather annoying.

What I did like: Morgan writes about female desire, not as directly as I might wish, but still at some length, and with attention to the physical, and from the woman's own experience of it rather than from the male gaze, which is quite something for 1932. (Especially with Morgan having been born in 1894.)

But the rest... the worst of it, I think, is the prose, which gets in its own way. Morgan is very good at setting a scene and interweaving the details of it with human emotion a
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: inherited
Good evocation of the unreality of a life of parole for officer prisoners in the first world war in Belgium, interlaced with the journey towards spiritual peace of the main character (in spite of fleshly temptation). The reconciliation between German and British competitors is very well done, and reminiscent of the unusual relationships in The Heaven Tree (qv, by a different author), though ultimately less destructive.
I would have rated the book higher except for a certain slowness of the narra
Aug 29, 2016 rated it liked it
'Most popular book of 1932'

With advocation I could be persuaded to make this a 4. :) A rather race-y story for 1932 in my limited awareness of 1932?

Post script. I found this interesting referral to Dutch skates a foreshadowing to the Dutch speed skating dominance in the Olympics:

"Have you ever used Dutch skates -- a very fine knife-edge and loose under the heel. You get a swing and rhythm you don't get any other way. It's like playing music on the air."
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Charles Langbridge Morgan was a playwright and novelist of English and Welsh parentage. The main themes of his work were, as he himself put it, "Art, Love, and Death", and the relation between them. Themes of individual novels range from the paradoxes of freedom (The Voyage, The River Line), through passionate love seen from within (Portrait in a Mirror) and without (A Breeze of Morning), to the c ...more
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“Lewis Alison, a dark, craggy man of more than common height, gave no sign of sharing in the general curiosity. He stayed in his place, seeming to have wrapped himself in a composure not easily disturbed.” 0 likes
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