The Fountain Overflows

The Fountain Overflows

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The lives of the talented Aubrey children have long been clouded by their father's genius for instability, but his new job in the London suburbs promises, for a time at least, reprieve from scandal and the threat of ruin. Mrs. Aubrey, a former concert pianist, struggles to keep the family afloat, but then she is something of a high-strung eccentric herself, as is all too clear to her daughter Rose, through whose loving but sometimes cruel eyes events are seen. Still, living on the edge holds the promise of the unexpected, and the Aubreys, who encounter furious poltergeists, turn up hidden masterpieces, and come to the aid of a murderess, will find that they have adventure to spare.

In The Fountain Overflows , a 1957 best seller, Rebecca West transmuted her own volatile childhood into enduring art. This is an unvarnished but affectionate picture of an extraordinary family, in which a remarkable stylist and powerful intelligence surveys the elusive boundaries of childhood and adulthood, freedom and dependency, the ordinary and the occult.

Publisher: New York : New York Review Books ; [United States] : Publishers Group West, 2003, c1956
ISBN: 9781590170342
Characteristics: xvi, 408 p. ; 21 cm


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Nov 23, 2017

this is an extraordinary book, beautifully written.

Jul 04, 2015

This is one of my favourite books and yet when I recommend it to friends they don't like it. I guess that makes it a polarizing read. The characters are very well drawn and complex and the author leaves you as the reader to make your mind up about them. For my part, I loved the way that it evokes genteel poverty, family in the midst of great challenges, and a commitment to excellence.


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