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3 More Novels: Vainglory, Inclinations, Caprice (New Directions Paperbook)

by Ronald Firbank

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Maybe I was reading it all wrong, but it was simply something I couldn't properly enjoy however much I tried. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
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