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Considered by Hartley to be the most accomplished of his works, Simonetta Perkins is a brilliantly observed tale of desire and guilt. Set against a glorious Venetian backdrop, it explores the nature of physical temptation, creating a complex psychological work deeply reminiscent of Henry James. Visiting Venice with her mother, Bostonian ingénue Lavinia Johnstone soon tires ...more
Paperback, 87 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Hesperus Press (first published 1925)
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Lobstergirl
Aug 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bonobos
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I wish I could find the 1957 orange, white and black cover art (uncredited) for this edition, which features the protagonist, Lavinia Johnstone, looking a little like Liza Minnelli as she glances askance at hunky gondolier Emilio with the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute behind him. Some say Hartley was writing a homosexual love story, and Lavinia is a stand-in for Hartley. There's a scene where Lavinia goes to the hairdresser that is reminiscent of Aschenbach's trip to the barber in Death i ...more
Priyadarshni Palanikumar
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
This is a 'rough' review, if that's even legit. I read this book in two sittings, both during train journeys. So, I was very fascinated, but, I did not absorb the content very well to write a full-fledged review.

I loved the language! The writer is so very talented with his words. And the settings and characters were very eloquent. It is stubbornly set to a single POV. I did not appreciate that very much, but then again, I'm sure it was meant for a novella to that extent only.

I did not like two
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Imsathya
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
A beautiful novelette recounting the inner conflicts of a young lady who discovers herself falling in love with a gondolier in Venice.

Through most of the book, the author lets us explore the lead character through her thoughts and emotions as she chooses to divulge them to herself. The prose is outstanding. I have much admired Mr Hartley in my earlier readings - Go Between, the Eustace and Hilda trilogy, The Hireling.. All brilliant. But it has been a while since I read him and this book brought
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Bree (AnotherLookBook)
I was drawn to it because of the story, and the setting was reminiscent of A Room with a View (the phrase was even in there) as well as the work of Henry James. But the style was too obscure, muddled, attempting to be "deep"...in that way, I'm sorry to say, it reminded me of Henry James' later style, which I find impossible to read. The main character was always languid and depressed, though we were never given a reason behind it. All the same, I sympathized with her for lusting after an attract ...more
Brian SIdlo
Brilliant 1925 novella that looks at questions of personal identity and personal fictions.
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