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Inevitable By Paul Vincent (Translator)

Inevitable by Paul Vincent (Translator)

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Summary

Cornelie De Retz Van Loo, a twenty-three-year-old divorcee meets the Dutch painter Duco van der Staal, and they move in together. Duco and Cornelie are happy but poor. In desperation, Cornelie takes a position as a companion to an elderly American lady, where she encounters her ex-husband, and succumbs to his continuing power over her.

Inevitable Summary

Inevitable by Paul Vincent (Translator)

A gripping story of doomed passion from the pen of the Dutch Oscar Wilde Cornelie De Retz Van Loo, a twenty- three-year-old divorcee from an upper- class Hague milieu, tries with mixed feelings to begin a new life in Italy. She meets a Dutch painter, and they move in together, flouting convention. They are happy but poor, and their financial position goes from bad to worse, until Cornelie encounters her ex-husband, and he begins to re-exert his influence over her ... 'Couperus binds both irony and spiritual redemption. ' - The Daily Telegraph 'Couperus sympathy for the hybrid, the impure and the ambiguous gave him a peculiarly modern voice. It is extraordinary that this Dutch dandy, writing in the flowery language of fin-de-siecle decadence, should still sound so fresh.' - Ian Buruma, The New York Times Review of Books The portrait of their unfolding affair is a masterful observation of the beauty and illogic of romantic love. (...) Only the ending,which the title foreshadows, strikes an unhappy note; Cornelie's abrupt and arbitrary fate unbalances a finely shadowed novel. &mdashClare Clark Times Literary Supplement There are many chapters in Inevitable, aside from the concluding one, which mark the book as an exquisite example of the fictionists art. The author's touch is always delicate and sure in handling the lights and shades of thought and emotion. (...) There is not a poorly drawn character among the score or so in the book. - The New york Times Book Review Louis Couperus (1863-1923), regarded as one of the foremost figures in Dutch literature, was a leading member of the Tachtigers movement. Born in the Hague, Couperus was taken by his family to the Dutch East Indies as a child, where he remained until his father's death. His other novels include Eline Vere (1889), Ecstasy (Extaze: Een boek van geluk, 1892), Inevitable (Langs lijnen van geleidelijkheid, 1900), and The Hidden Force (De Stille Kracht, 1900), all of which are available from Pushkin Press. A renowned wit, raconteur and commentator, Couperus continued to publish critically and commercially successful work until his death.

Inevitable Reviews

The portrait of their unfolding affair is a masterful observation of the beauty and illogic of romantic love... Only the ending,which the title foreshadows, strikes an unhappy note; Cornelie's abrupt and arbitrary fate unbalances a finely shadowed novel -- Clare Clark Times Literary Supplement There are many chapters in Inevitable, aside from the concluding one, which mark the book as an exquisite example of the fictionists art. The author's touch is always delicate and sure in handling the lights and shades of thought and emotion... There is not a poorly drawn character among the score or so in the book The New York Times Review of Books

About Paul Vincent (Translator)

Louis Couperus was born in the Hague in 1863. Following his family's move to the the Dutch East Indies, he was educated in Jakarta. In 1878 the family returned to The Hague, where Couperus continued his studies. He was married in 1891. His novel Ecstasy was first published a year later and Psyche followed in 1898; both available from Pushkin Press. Couperus and his wife eventually settled in Nice until 1910, when they travelled extensively in Italy. A renowned wit, raconteur and commentator, Couperus continued to publish critically and commercially successful work until his death from blood poisoning in 1923.

Additional information

GOR002258133
9781901285598
1901285596
Inevitable by Paul Vincent (Translator)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Pushkin Press
2005-06-20
336
N/A
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