A punctilious, retired English banker in his mid-50s falls obsessively in love with a spunky 18-year-old Irish girl, Bernadette Kennedy. To his amazement, his mad passion is reciprocated. For the nameless narrator, the affair represents ``one last chance for love,'' an escape from tending to his bedridden wife, Angela. For Bernadette, brainy but a dropout, their clandestine companionship and long lovemaking sessions in England's Lake District help to overcome the trauma of having been raped at age 13. Bragg, novelist ( The Maid of Buttermere ) and biographer of Richard Burton, weakens this partly epistolary novel by telling most of it through the voice of the self-centered, self-deluding narrator. When the affair comes crashing down to earth as several ironies separate the lovers, the quirky story is transformed into something deeply touching, tragic, heartfelt and fine. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1990 Release date: 01/01/1990 Genre: Fiction
Analog Audio Cassette - 8 pages - 978-0-7540-0063-1
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