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Title:The Drowning People
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Publisher:Penguin
ISBN:014027894X
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Number of Pages:367
Category:Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary, British literature

The Drowning People by Richard Mason

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Drowning People My wife of more than forty five years shot herself yesterday afternoon At least that is what the police assume and I am playing the part of grieving widower with enthusiasm and success It was I who killed her .

Thus begins the much hyped first novel by year old Oxford undergraduate Richard Mason Your typical murder mystery i The Drowning People i is not for we are given the identity of the killer the i who i immediately The puzzle in this introspective novel is i why i why did year old James Farrell murder his aristocratic wife Sarah The answer lies nearly years into the past as the book ranges from Prague to London from France to a remote castle in Cornwall At its core is an intoxicating love affair between year old James a talented violinist and hopeless romantic and Ella Harewood an American heiress to an English title trapped by her heritage and destiny .

A beautifully written exploration of self absorbed first love and its tragic consequences i The Drowning People i soars beyond the highest of expectations placed upon it

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charged with the task of freeing Egbert from his paralysing fear of the outside world We soon realise however that Egbert isn t the only one in need of help Piet sets about liberating the libidos of the repressed family through music championing bawdy Bizet over abstract Bach and oral sex While the setting is Dutch the influences are French think i Bel Ami i i Les Liaisons dangereuses i and Gide s i L Immoraliste i, A haunting wildly imagined novel by the acclaimed author of History of a Pleasure Seeker set in the first decades of twentieth century colonial Cape Town and in a spirit filled forest of secrets and magic powers br br It is Germany has just declared war on France Piet Barol the handsome irresistible figure of Mason s much admired sensuous History of a Pleasure Seeker is once again at the center of this ambitious lush new novel Barol a European adventurer living as a poseur in South Africa s Cape Colony navigates the turbulence and opportunities of this strange land in his blind quest for comfort and riches as thousands of black families have been turned out of their homes by a white government bent on confiscating of the country for the exclusive use of Europeans br br Piet and his wife have successfully grandly lived a life for the past five years as colonials impersonating French aristocrats the dazzling Vicomte and Vicomtesse Pierre de Barol of the Chateau de Barol on the banks of the Loire River though in truth he is Dutch and far from aristocratic and she is American and hardly of the railroad fortune family she so often and casually invokes Both are wily and both have large dreams After years of supremely decadent living Fortune which has always favored Piet has grown tired of him and the Barols luck is about to run out They are short of cash and on the verge of ruin br br As one last grand effort they have embarked on a furniture business full of possibility They need wood for the enterprise and through Piet s charm and guile have come upon the source for their inventory that will make all of them rich The wood is in a forbidden forest filled with sacred untouchable trees of fine mahogany which Piet is sure he will be able to extract in exchange for beads and glass trickets His pursuit of the bewitched trees of the fabled forest of Gwadana takes him deep into the Xhosa pron KO sa homelands where unfailing charm wit and the friendship of two black men are his only allies as he attempts an act of supreme audacity to steal a forest from its rightful owners a Xhosa clan who know to be true that the spirits of their ancestors reside in their magical ageless trees, In his much celebrated debut novel i The Drowning People i Richard Mason An Oxonian literary sensation i The i i New York i i Times Book Review i wrote with wisdom and mastery well beyond his twenty one years about love betrayal and revenge and about the particular ritualized world of the English upper class br br Now in his dazzling new novel Mason writes about mothers and daughters aging and death memory and longing history and narrative and about the high stakes full tilt embrace of life br br The setting is London The time is the present br br Mother and daughter are choosing an assisted living facility and have come to The Albany a late nineteenth century Victorian mansion the flagship property of the TranquilAge chain of nursing homes br br The mother Joan eighty years old a gifted amateur pianist denied the pleasures of performance by arthritic hands has recently been experiencing a rich inner world that she hides from her daughter a world gained access through the seemingly magic pedals of her piano a portal to adventure She dreads the prospect of leaving her apartment but her daughter has decided that she can no longer live on her own br br The daughter Eloise forty eight a hedge fund manager two decades in commodities long ago rejected the possibilities of motherhood and has lived enviably free of responsibility br br At her pressure cooker job Eloise has bought up million a quarter of the hedge fund s money of osmium reserves a transition metal based on a casual remark by her former lover a French metallurgist a genius of sorts with whom she lived and whom she almost married in Paris in the s br br He s been working for years on the development of the compound which will be tougher than diamonds for industrial use and is only months away from trials If successful it could more than double the value of the fund Eloise manages br br While mother and daughter are on the trip of a lifetime to the South African capital of the old Orange Free State the city of Joan s girlhood Eloise gets a frantic phone call The price of osmium is in free fall the fund is off loading br br Fighting panic with a coherent strategy Eloise puts in motion a bold gamble that risks all her future the fund her mother s well being br br As the stories of mother and daughter intersect each in a race against time Joan struggling to live in the present she cannot believe her days will end in an institution her daughter racing at breakneck speed toward the precipice of disaster the novel rushes to its stunning conclusion