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ISBN: 0151010617Издательство: Harcourt
Год издания: 2004
Amazon.comAdmirers of Belgian writer Michel Faber's magnificent breakthrough novel, The Crimson Petal and the White , may be surprised by how well his taut but unhurried prose translates to shorter fiction in the three novellas of The Courage Consort . It helps, of course, that the stories--minor marvels of suspenseful pacing and atmosphere--are unified by a large, old-fashioned theme: the loss of innocence (and, in one case, the struggle to preserve it). In the title story, an English vocalensemble travels to Belgium for a two-week residency at a rural chateau, an opportunity to rehearse a notoriously difficult and possibly pointless new composition. Catherine, the soprano--and the dependent, emotionally fragile wife of the ensemble's director--hears plangent cries from the surrounding woods each night. Like Mrs. Dalloway, Catherine feels herself approaching middle age without having achieved adulthood. If she goes into the woods--facing the ghostly legend of a...