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The People with the Dogs (Virago modern classics) (original 1952; edition 1992)

by Christina Stead

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Title:The People with the Dogs (Virago modern classics)
Authors:Christina Stead
Info:Virago Press Ltd (1992), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 352 pages
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Tags:literary fiction, Australian, 20th Century, 1950's, Virago

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The People with the Dogs by Christina Stead (1952)



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In lower Manhatten, between 17th and 15th Streets, Second Avenue, running north and south, cuts through Stuyvesant Park; and at this point Second Avenue enters upon the old Lower East Side.
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Home from the Second World War Edward Massine rests contentedly in the ample bosom of his family: doting aunts, eccentric uncles and many cousins - comfortable, indolent liberals of the old school. Theirs is a delightful world of holidays, animals and afternoon tea. Amiable, easy-going and ready to please, Edward is the last of the line, the perfect relative - to the Massines almost as precious a possession as their beloved dogs. But even benevolent love can suffocate and destroy:it takes death, betrayal and a new independent love for
Edward to break the chains of family life and assert himself as a passionate individual. First published in 1952, The People with the Dogs is one of Christina Stead's most sympathetic novels with an unforgettable cast of people (and dogs). Through one of her most charming heroes we take a nostalgic, satiric, yet affectionate look at passing American ideals and aspirations.
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