Elizabeth Jolley Milk and Honey

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Milk and Honey

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The sad Viennese in this novel fled when the Nazis took over their country and now live in a Gothic houseapparently in Australia, the author's homethat evokes Wuthering Heights or Thornfield. Jolley (Miss Peabody's Inheritance and Mr. Scobie's Riddle tells their story through the reminiscences of Jacob, a middle-aged door-to-door salesperson. As a boy, Jacob boarded with a family that was to teach him music while he went to school. His guardian, Leopold Heimbach, promised to make him "prince of the cello," and Leopold's sisters, Helena and Rose, were hardworking though forbidding caretakers. Drawn to Leopold's alluring daughter Louise, Jacob was in equal measure repelled by his ungainly son, Waldemar. While Jacob's equivocating romantic interests and the unraveling of the family's dark secrets are not completely satisfying, the melancholy elegance of Jolley's prose serves to compensate.
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Sent to board with an old European familythe reclusive Heimbachsas a child, Jacob remains with them after his father dies and he inherits a good bit of money. He becomes an accomplished cellist, taught by patriarch Leopold, and is cared for by Leopold's eccentric sisters, Tante Rosa and Tante Heloise. The retarded son, Waldmar, torments Jacob; the lovely daughter, Louise, charms him. Jacob and Louise eventually marry; but his obsessive, burning love for Madge, a violinist in the orchestra, leads to tragedy and loss as dark family secrets are revealed. A sad, compelling story of family bonds, failed dreams, and twisted love, this is Australian writer Jolley's best work yet. Janet Wiehe, P.L. of Cincinnati & Hamilton Cty.
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Jolley, Elizabeth
Published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, WA, Australia (1984)
ISBN 10: 1863680179 ISBN 13: 9781863680172
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Book Description Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, WA, Australia, 1984. Paperback. Condition: New. A self-absorbed young musician comes as a pupil-boarder to the house of an 'old European' family. Gradually his life is taken over and consumed, seemingly, by dark, mysterious forces within as much as outside himself. Milk and Honey is a strangely haunting novel. While much of what we have come to expect and admire in Elizabeth Jolley's work is powerfully present - vivid and diverse characters, pathos, humour and acute perceptions of people and their situations - it is in many ways quite unlike anything she has previously written. A work of gothic proportions, Milk and Honeyis an astonishing tapestry of character and incident that suprises and yet never fails to convince. "Gothic with a vengeanceà Grotesque, mysterious, haunting, 'Milk and Honey' has all sorts of horrible secrets hidden in its attic." - Boston Globe. "Jolley's subject is the dual nature of love - love selfish and unselfish, love that destroys and nurtures." - San Francisco Chronicle. "Poetry of the grotesqueà Milk and Honey seems closer to fable and folk tale than to the conventional novel - its European images have been placed in an Australian setting where their shadows become darker and longerà" - New York Times Book Review. "The richest, the darkest and the most unexpected of Jolley's novelsà" - the Times Literary Supplement. book. Seller Inventory # FA000005

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