Pillion Riders (Virago Modern Classics)

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I do not remember how we were introduced - for we must have been - or anything of the discussion that surely arose when I chose to travel with Jean-Claude rather than my husband. I can only recall - and this vividly - how, wearing my tight-skirted black velvet suit, my new pearl choker and the little half-veil that was so fashionable that year, I rode across Paris with my arms clasped tight round a man to whom I had not spoken and had not closely observed, yet to whom I felt inextricably bound.'

Opal, gamine and sensitive, has been married off by her father to an elderly business associate, Helmut Gressinger, and lives an encapsulated life of luxury in London. When Helmut takes her to Paris, she falls passionately in love with a young French composer of scant means and morals. This is a novel that explores the conflicting demands of passion and morality, the painful battle between head and heart.

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Elisabeth Russell Taylor was educated at the Sorbonne and at King's College, London. She is married to the painter Tom Fairs and lives in north London.

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Although the setup of Taylor's fifth novel (after Mother Country ) seems hopelessly Lawrencian--wealthy woman abandons loveless marriage for poor intellectual who is skilled in the sack--the plot unfolds with a few refreshing twists. Opal Gressinger is the boyishly thin "decorative" wife of one of her father's wealthy business associates. During a visit to post-WW II Paris with her husband, Opal meets destitute composer Jean-Claude Guerigny and requests to be shown Paris at night from the pillion of his motorcycle. "We were one another's life-raft," she recalls thinking before spending the night with him. But when she abandons her husband and moves in with the young Frenchman, who resides in an untidy dark attic on the outskirts of Paris, she discovers, among other things, that his mind is morbidly bound up in the suicide of his sister, Montaine. It's not surprising that Taylor, author of a critical bibliography called Marcel Proust and His Contexts , frames the novel as she does: Opal, grown old, sits with a rug around her shoulders and tells another man the painful story of her years with Jean-Claude. The dreamy, mulled tone of Taylor's writing complements the author's apparent fascination with memory, desire and le temps perdu.
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