Three

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Three opens with the death of a young woman, identified only as S, possibly a suicide. Following her death, Ruth and Leonard — a middle-aged British couple whose marriage has devolved into pithy and bitter conversations — review the time S spent at their summer house.

In a lyrical prose style likened to that of such diverse writers as Virginia Woolf and William Burroughs, Ann Quin presents the enigmatic intricacies of the relationship between these three people by blending the ...

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Overview

Three opens with the death of a young woman, identified only as S, possibly a suicide. Following her death, Ruth and Leonard — a middle-aged British couple whose marriage has devolved into pithy and bitter conversations — review the time S spent at their summer house.

In a lyrical prose style likened to that of such diverse writers as Virginia Woolf and William Burroughs, Ann Quin presents the enigmatic intricacies of the relationship between these three people by blending the conversations and flashbacks of Ruth and Leonard with the diary, audiotapes and movies S left behind.

A combination of laconic dialogue and poetic impressions, Three is an incisive exploration of the emotional and sexual undercurrents of British middle-class life.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A continuously interesting, beautifully written, rather venturesome novel of a literary artist.... " — Choice

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"Quin has this talent for throwing off ripples of association... her best quality, her subconscious quality." —Alan Burns

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" Three has been made rather then begotten, and it is forever flirting with an elegant and obscure symbolism." — Times Literary Supplement

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Kirkus Reviews
Before Quin died in 1973, an apparent suicide at 37, she published four novels in her native Britain, but only two in the States, including this, her second book, which Brian Evenson claims in a new introduction is an innovative masterpiece, despite its nonlinear, collage style with its run-on, unpunctuated sentences. Kirkus had a less sympathetic view in 1966, when this "morosely inbred" novel first appeared. "Close, cryptic, neurasthenic" is how we characterized this experimental narrative about three characters who do very little. "Resourcefully intuitive" readers might enjoy the verbal meanderings here since Quin, we thought, "prefers the symbol to the direct statement." Kirkus considered her an "expert" at capturing the "reproachful, edgy, nasty" atmosphere, which is "just as unpleasant as it is intended to be." In other words, for aficionados of the transgressive.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564782724
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: British Literature Series
  • Edition description: 1ST DALKEY
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,447,599
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Quin is one of the best kept secrets of British experimental writing—which is itself a well kept secret. The author of four novels ( Berg, Three, Passages, and Tripticks), Quin commited suicide at the age of 37.

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