By Wallace Stegner
Joe Allston, the retired literary agent of Stegner's nationwide booklet Award-winning novel, The Spectator Bird, returns during this disquieting and keenly saw novel. Scarred via the mindless loss of life in their son and baffled by means of the engulfing chaos of the Sixties, Allston and his spouse, Ruth, have left the coast for a California retreat. And even though their new domestic seems like Eden, it additionally has serpents: Jim Peck, a messianic exponent of substances, yoga, and intercourse; and Marian Catlin, an enticing younger lady whose otherworldly innocence is way extra appealing—and way more risky.
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For a few moments Vidal wandered around the room without saying a word, stopping to inspect my meager wardrobe, stare out of the window with a look of revulsion, touch the greenish paint that covered the walls, and gently tap with his index finger the naked bulb that hung from the ceiling, as if he wanted to verify the wretched quality of each thing. “What brings you here, Don Pedro? ” “I haven’t come from home. ” He pulled a white parchment envelope from his jacket and handed it to me. ” I took the envelope and examined it.
I never confessed this to Vidal, but I immediately went off to the kitchen in search of soda water and a rag and spent a quarter of an hour cleaning the great man’s jacket. The shadow of the clan was a long one, and however much Don Pedro liked to affect a bohemian air, his whole life was an extension of his family network. Villa Helius was conveniently situated five minutes from the great paternal mansion that dominated the upper stretch of Avenida Pearson, a cathedral-like jumble of balustrades, staircases, and dormer windows that looked out over the whole of Barcelona from a distance, like a child gazing at the toys he has thrown away.
Nobody had ever called me “señor” in all my life, and the formality caught me by surprise. ” I followed her down a short corridor that led into a spacious round room, the walls of which were covered in red velvet dimly lit by lamps. The ceiling was formed of an enameled crystal dome from which hung a glass chandelier. Under the chandelier stood a mahogany table holding an enormous gramophone that whispered an operatic aria. ” The lady with the white hair smiled without blinking, her kindly countenance unperturbed.
All the Little Live Things by Wallace Stegner