Julia Grampion, 28 years old, has just been awarded her doctorate at London University But things are not going well with her her affair with Paul is broken off because of religious complications She drifts into another affair, learning a different and changeable idiom of love, learning also how language disguises the shifting uncertainties of human relationshipsulia Grampion, 28 years old, has just been awarded her doctorate at London University But things are not going well with her her affair with Paul is broken off because of religious complications She drifts into another affair, learning a different and changeable idiom of love, learning also how language disguises the shifting uncertainties of human relationships.The Languages of Love has a London background London as a cosmopolitan city, as an academic and literary centre Its scenes are university departments, the Reading Room of the British Museum, espresso bars and little restaurants in Soho, the Serpentine Lido, the London Docks, publisher parties and a room of one s own in Bloomsbury Also present are a varied group of characters professors, students, philologists and mediaevalists, and highbrow journalists.Bernard, Julia s lover after the break with Paul, is sensual, cultured, selfish, with a learned French wife, Nicolette Paul himself, charming and devoted, is unable or unwilling to transgress the laws of his church The African student Hussein, simple, passionate, intelligent and much given to the quotation of Sanuri proverbs, which reveal a less complicated world than that of Bloomsbury The language of his love for the exquisite Georgina is like a refreshing oasis in the dusty desert of London s life, and his gift to her of a camel foal is a comic interlude never to be forgotten, in a first novel of wit and intelligence marking an out of the ordinary talent.
The Languages of Love Julia Grampion years old has just been awarded her doctorate at London University But things are not going well with her her affair with Paul is broken off because of religious complications She
A little hindsight can be a dangerous thing.When Christine Brooke Rose published her first conventional novel, The Languages of Love, in 1957, she had already undertaken and successfully completed two phenomenally difficult writing tasks the first was her PhD thesis, later published in 1965 as A Grammar of Metaphor due to be republished by Verbivoracious Press this year , in which, via analysis of the poetry and prose of literary greats, she demonstrated how metaphor was contained within grammat [...]
Discovering a new writer s work, experiencing all those fluttery feelings of romance and newness, is a singular pleasure for committed bookworms Like with real people in real relationships, things can take two turns a period of blissful pleasure, where no faults can possibly be found or can be dismissed as charming eccentricities, leading to a lifelong adoration, or a slow realisation that nothing will recapture that one off encounter, and all further meetings simply highlight the limitations an [...]
This chic and svelte edition from Verbivoracious Press delivers a much needed reprint of British avant gardist Christine Brooke Rose s freshman outing, The Languages of Love Set in the yesteryear of England circa 1950 s back when everyone smoked cigarettes, drank martinis and cocktails constantly and said darling in every sentence this novel is an Altman esque panoramic of young and attractive academics who behave like petulant brats when it comes to the subject of love CBR uses her cast of hapl [...]
CB R s first novel, published in 1957 Like all her work prior to Out 1964 , it s fairly conventional in structure The plot comes straight out of her own life at the time Julia Grampion has just finished a PhD on medieval poetry at London University, and is hanging around Bloomsbury trying to decide what to do with her life There s lots of acid about Eng.Lit academia of the 50s, in which philology and history dominated and theory barely existed The contemporary literary world gets satirised, with [...]
A solid 3.5 5 just getting warmed up.