Mary Flanagan Adèle: A Novel

ISBN 13: 9780393341942

Adèle: A Novel

3.12 avg rating
( 25 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780393341942: Adèle: A Novel

The mystery of Adele infuses this erotic novel, which starts in decadent 1930s Paris and ends in today's brash London.

Celia Pippet, founder of a feminist magazine, impulsively steals a bizarre artifact from the British Museum. Joined by her friend Martin, a filmmaker, and American academic Tamara, she flees to Bez in southern France to escape detection and to pursue the trail of the beguiling Adele. Fifty years before, Adele had been rescued from Bez by Dr. Jonas Sylvester. He brought her to Paris where she captured the city's attention with her alluring beauty and air of secrecy. When Sylvester brings over sister Blanche to look after Adele, he is not prepared for the love between them nor their escape from him. He takes his revenge.

Moving between Blanche's life with Adele and Celia's search for clues into that life, the stories converge in Bez where the three friends discover Blanche's existence and Adele's true, if unbelievable, identity. The effects of the revelation are shattering―Adele's erotic power extends beyond the grave, melding past and present into a single reality. A provocative and original novel by an accomplished literary writer who steps beyond the boundaries of what we know as male and female.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Adele is an involved curio questioning treasured notions of civilization, innocence, and the natural. The book opens in medias res with Celia Pippet, a feminist magazine publisher, stealing something from the British museum. The specimen drawer, however, contains not one mummified--and disgusting--object, but two. Celia and an old friend, Martin, and a larger-than-life academic, Tamara, then head off with their booty to the south of France in order to right an old injustice, which they intend to link to the campaign to end clitoridectomies. Sound broad, and unlikely? Mary Flanagan more than mitigates this possibility by making her knowing perpetrators well aware of their outlandish situation: "Oh please, darling. That's so Perils of Pauline," one protests.

Fifty years before, a Parisian gynecologist had rescued a girl from near death at the hands of vicious villagers. This child, Adele, uniquely agile and undeniably oversexed, becomes an obsession for the doctor, his sister, and, it seems, half of brothel-going Paris. Is she retarded, an abomination, or a true innocent? (Judging from some of the sexual contortions she gets up to, this last would seem unlikely, but not entirely in Flanagan's inventive narrative.) Unfortunately, Dr. Sylvester, the girl's protector, turns out to be vile, proprietary, and far too interested in fashionable notions of eugenics (it is 1936). When Adele transgresses once too often, he performs a clitoridectomy, or so Celia, Martin, and Tamara think. Throughout this novel of lascivious twists and turns, Flanagan stays several steps ahead of her crusaders and makes the grotesque moving. Though some readers will be revolted by Adele, more will be surprisingly touched.

About the Author:

Mary Flanagan is the author of Bad Girls, Trust, and The Blue Woman. An American, she lives in London.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Flanagan, Mary
Published by W W NORTON amp; CO (1997)
ISBN 10: 0393341941 ISBN 13: 9780393341942
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W W NORTON amp; CO, 1997. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IQ-9780393341942

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Mary Flanagan
Published by W. W. Norton Company, United States (1997)
ISBN 10: 0393341941 ISBN 13: 9780393341942
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton Company, United States, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Moving between Blanche s life with Adele and Celia s search for clues into that life, the stories converge in Bez where the three friends discover Blanche s existence and Adele s true, if unbelievable, identity. The effects of the revelation are shattering--Adele s erotic power extends beyond the grave, melding past and present into a single reality. A provocative and original novel by an accomplished literary writer who steps beyond the boundaries of what we know as male and female. Bookseller Inventory # APC9780393341942

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 19.78
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Mary Flanagan
Published by W. W. Norton Company, United States (1997)
ISBN 10: 0393341941 ISBN 13: 9780393341942
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton Company, United States, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.Moving between Blanche s life with Adele and Celia s search for clues into that life, the stories converge in Bez where the three friends discover Blanche s existence and Adele s true, if unbelievable, identity. The effects of the revelation are shattering--Adele s erotic power extends beyond the grave, melding past and present into a single reality. A provocative and original novel by an accomplished literary writer who steps beyond the boundaries of what we know as male and female. Bookseller Inventory # APC9780393341942

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.35
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Flanagan, Mary
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (1997)
ISBN 10: 0393341941 ISBN 13: 9780393341942
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # INGM9780393341942

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.41
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Mary Flanagan
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393341941 ISBN 13: 9780393341942
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 256 pages. Dimensions: 8.5in. x 5.5in. x 0.7in.The mystery of Adle infuses this erotic novel, which starts in decadent 1930s Paris and ends in todays brash London. Celia Pippet, founder of a feminist magazine, impulsively steals a bizarre artifact from the British Museum. Joined by her friend Martin, a filmmaker, and American academic Tamara, she flees to Bez in southern France to escape detection and to pursue the trail of the beguiling Adle. Fifty years before, Adle had been rescued from Bez by Dr. Jonas Sylvester. He brought her to Paris where she captured the citys attention with her alluring beauty and air of secrecy. When Sylvester brings over sister Blanche to look after Adle, he is not prepared for the love between them nor their escape from him. He takes his revenge. Moving between Blanches life with Adle and Celias search for clues into that life, the stories converge in Bez where the three friends discover Blanches existence and Adles true, if unbelievable, identity. The effects of the revelation are shatteringAdles erotic power extends beyond the grave, melding past and present into a single reality. A provocative and original novel by an accomplished literary writer who steps beyond the boundaries of what we know as male and female. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9780393341942

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.43
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Flanagan, Mary
Published by W W NORTON amp; CO (1997)
ISBN 10: 0393341941 ISBN 13: 9780393341942
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W W NORTON amp; CO, 1997. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 4 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IQ-9780393341942

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.08
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 12.07
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Flanagan, Mary
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (1997)
ISBN 10: 0393341941 ISBN 13: 9780393341942
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 256 pages. 8.50x5.50x0.65 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # x-0393341941

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 25.21
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.05
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds