Margaret Drabble The Needle's Eye (Isis)

ISBN 13: 9780753113769

The Needle's Eye (Isis)

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Simon Camish, an embittered, diffident barrister, would not have particularly noticed Rose Vassiliou had he not been asked to drive her home one night after a dinner-party. Yet at one time she had been notorious, her name constantly in the news. Now, separated from her Greek husband, she lives alone with her three children. And despite all the efforts of her friends, she refuses to budge from her slum house in a decaying district. Simon is drawn into her affairs when her huband takes legal action to re-open the question of custody of the children. And, whilst the precise nature of the ties eludes him, he comes to realize that Rose and her Greek are inextricably bound together.

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Previously published in hardcover by Knopf, 1972, 0394479661

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Simon Camish, an embittered, diffident lawyer in a loveless marriage, would not have particularly noticed Rose Vassiliou had he not been asked to drive her home one night after a dinner party. Yet at one time she had been notorious-her name constantly in the news.

Now, separated from her Greek husband, she lives alone with her three children. Despite all the efforts and sneers of her friends, she refuses to move from her slum house in a decaying neighborhood to which she has become attached.

Gradually, Simon becomes aware that Rose is a woman of remarkable integrity and courage. He is drawn into her affairs when her husband takes legal action to re-open the question of custody of the children-a scheme for getting his wife back. And, while the precise nature of their ties eludes him, Simon comes to realize that Rose and her Greek ex-husband are forever and inextricably bound to each other.

Margaret Drabble is the author of The Red Queen, The Seven Sisters, The Peppered Moth, The Witch of Exmoor, The Millstone, and The Ice Age. She is also the editor of The Oxford Companion to English Literature.

"The Needle's Eye is that rare thing, a book one wishes were longer than it is." -- The New York Review of Books

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