Imago: A Modern Comedy of Manners

James McClure, Author Mysterious Press $16.45 (244p) ISBN 978-0-89296-273-0
Past 40, locked in the cold embrace of a dehydrated marriage, London-based radiologist Tom Lockhart, the central figure in this lightweight English import, sets eyes on Ginny, enchanting daughter of old friends and at 18 trembling on the edge of womanhoodand he's a goner. After much agonizing on Lockhart's part, Ginny becomes a woman, but it's none of his doing. For consolation there's always Carole, an obliging Cockney hairdresser, but Lockhart finds her unsuitable. Instead, the aptly named Felicity Cruxhall, a coronary surgeon, takes possession of him, body and soul. Lockhart's colleague Dr. Geoff Harcourt is not so lucky; his messy life will end pointlessly in an automobile accident. The title refers to an etching by a friend of Ginny's, and derives from the Platonic idea of illusion and reality, shadow and substance. But this fragile novel is too frothy, too bubbly with incessant chatter and larded with Cockney slang, to bear so heavy a burden. (January 20)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
Hardcover - 978-0-445-40729-9
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