Lindop, Audrey Erskine: I Thank A Fool.

Lindop, Audrey Erskine - I Thank A Fool. The Book Club. 1959. To most of those around her Liane, the heroine, appears to be touched in the head. Her childlike candour and directness are almost as disconcerting as her habit of disappearing without warning or explanation. In his anxiety, her husband, a prosperous West Countryman, engages Harriet (who tells the story) as companion to watch over her. Quite misreading Laine's character at first, Harriet attempts to play the cheerful, condescending annnie; her sympathy with the husband leads her, moreover, to complicate the situation by falling in love with him. But Laine, as Herriet presently learns, is far from simple-minded in the ordinary sense: the luminous candour of her observations issues not from a defective mind but from a timeless uspoilt insight into truth with respect to the things that matter. Daughter of a drunken Irish poet, wrenched out of her context by marriage, she longs for the freedom of her childhood. It is this that causes her mysterious disappearances, and this, combined with the misunderstandings of those who surround her, that leads to the exciting and moving climax. (flap). 192pp, green cloth, hardback. Very, very slightly sunned spine; slight edge-foxing; corner rounding; good; complet with good (sunned spine, 'dusty', splash to front-edge of back-panel, slight edge-wear) wrapper.

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