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Journalist Mark Swabey is serving a prison sentence in connection with the death of Clara the Swallow, a circus acrobat with whom he fell in love. As the grief-stricken Swabey looks back on their affair, the exact nature of his responsibility for Clara’s death is movingly revealed.

The renowned novelist and travel writer recreates this muth of the Fall in his most recent work of fiction.

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Overview

Journalist Mark Swabey is serving a prison sentence in connection with the death of Clara the Swallow, a circus acrobat with whom he fell in love. As the grief-stricken Swabey looks back on their affair, the exact nature of his responsibility for Clara’s death is movingly revealed.

The renowned novelist and travel writer recreates this muth of the Fall in his most recent work of fiction.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A man in prison; a seedy circus; a beautiful star of the big top who transcends the mere spangles of her act; a girl who dabbles in stained glass--these figures would seem to endow Thubron's ( The Hills of Adonis ) second novel with a surrealistic surface and a compelling psychological undercurrent. And for the first third of the book, the pages do turn quickly, as prisoner and protagonist Mark artfully tells us (or does not tell us) why he is in the pen. What is the tragic accident to which he obliquely and repeatedly refers? Why do most people react to him with horror and yet with sympathy? The implied answers are tucked mysteriously into the novel's intriguing interstices. All too soon, though, the plot loosens: instead of continuing to narrate with Mark's voice, Thubron begins inserting weaker narratives told from the points of view of secondary and sometimes minor characters. Most of these are never fully realized, so that even a climactic act of euthanasia seems but a plot device, distancing Mark rather than revealing him. By the time this odd and promising story ends, readers may well feel set adrift. (Feb.)
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At the beginning of this novel Mark is entering prison for a one-year term. Through a series of nostalgic vignettes, we learn what his life was like before his prison term and, ultimately, that he has been imprisoned for the mercy killing of his lover Clara, a circus acrobat who had been left paralyzed from the neck down after an accident. This novel is about Mark's struggle to find himself through Clara, a kind of second coming-of-age, while trying not to hurt Katherine, the other woman in his life. Despite their circumstances, Clara's vitality and strength are far more captivating than Katherine's safe, somewhat dowdy existence; the reader knows early on that Katherine doesn't stand much of a chance. Unfortunately, these colorful circumstances don't add up to much; the writing is often droll and pedantic, and very little sympathy can be mustered for Mark, who tends to lapse into painful platitude whenever describing his relationship to Katherine or Clara.-- Jessica Grim, Univ. of California Lib. at Berkeley
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“Mark Swabey, a provincial journalist, is serving a prison sentence in connection with the death of Clara the Swallow, a circus acrobat with whom he fell in love. As the grief-stricken Swabey looks back on their brief affair, the exact nature of his responsibility for Clara’s death is movingly revealed. Every sentence is informed by the most intense anguish.” — Observer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850893790
  • Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/1991
  • Pages: 231

Meet the Author

Colin Thubron, an acclaimed travel writer, has also written a number of highly-praised novels, most recently, To the Last City.

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