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The Winged Horse (Virago Modern Classics) (original 1953; edition 1989)

by Pam Frankau

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Title:The Winged Horse (Virago Modern Classics)
Authors:Pam Frankau
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (1989), Paperback, 432 pages
Collections:Your library, Virago Modern Classics
Tags:Fiction, 20th Century, British, Virago Modern Classic; given away

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The Winged Horse by Pamela Frankau (1953)



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For you, there can be no doubt whose book that is, nor how it came to be written. Nor, I think, need I remind you of the hot grey morning on the highway - with the boat waiting at Pier Ninety - when first we talked of these people.
That was three years ago, Levitt was Levitt then, and Carey was Carey. But I was not the person who writes these words; nor were you the person who accepts them today. So I dedicate the finished endeavour to that you, and to this one, and to the alchemy for which I cannot find a name.
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When Pamela Frankau died in 1967 at the age of fifty-nine, a woman fan of hers wrote to me. (Introduction)
"Time to be going," Levitt said.
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Charismatic newspaper tycoon J. G. Baron is lauded as a tough-minded but fair businessman. His favoured employees, invited to his country house at weekends, are envied; his children "still rich and safe and spoiled," appear to lead a charmed existence. The success of his reputation is such that Baron believes it himself. Only Celia, his eldest daughter, knows that beneath this facade her father weaves a thread of tyranny which ensnares and damages all who come close to him - his son Tobias, whose affections disguise his sense of inferiority; Liz, who struggles to meet her father's perfection; the upright Anthony Carey whom Baron regards as a touchstone of truth, and even Harry Levitt, himself a seasoned dissembler. For those who are shadowed by a man whose power rests on hypocrisy and self-deceit, inevitably become tarnished by the same qualities. First published in 1953, The Winged Horse is a stirring and compassionate exploration of power, truth and dishonesty.
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