THE FEAST

THE FEAST

Margaret Kennedy

Editeur : Faber & Faber

Date de parution : 03/06/2021

EAN : 9780571367795 Nombre de pages : 448 pages

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Biographie

Margaret Kennedy (1896-1967) est née à Londres et a étudié
l'histoire à l'université de Sommerville (Oxford), où elle a commencé
d'écrire. En 1924, son deuxième roman, La Nymphe au coeur fidèle
(Plon, 1927 ; réédité au Mercure de France sous le titre Tessa, 2006)
s'est vendu dans le monde entier. Elle l'a ensuite adapté au théâtre en
une pièce à succès dans les quartiers Est de Londres, et trois adaptations
au cinéma ont suivi, dont l'une en 1943 par Edmund Goulding
avec Charles Boyer et Joan Fontaine. La traduction française du roman
a donné lieu à une adaptation théâtrale par Jean Giraudoux (Grasset,
1934) . Kennedy est l'auteure de quinze autres romans, parmi lesquels
Le Festin (1950) et Pronto (Plon, 1954), lauréat du James Tait Black
Memorial Prize, ainsi que de critiques littéraires et d'une biographie
de Jane Austen.

Résumé

Celebrated by Cathy Rentzenbrink, this glorious rediscovered classic exploring the mystery of a buried Cornish hotel is perfect for Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier fans ... ''Hilarious and perceptive, here''s the perfect seaside holiday read.'' Daily Mail ''The miniature charm of a Baby Austen.'' Observer ''Tense, touching, human, dire, and funny ... A feast indeed.'' Elizabeth Bowen ''Kennedy is not only a romantic but an anarchist.'' Anita Brookner ''So full of pleasure that you could be forgiven for not seeing how clever it is.'' Cathy Rentzenbrink ''Oh boy, what a treat; wonderfully sharp and funny; I devoured this ... Page-turningly good!'' Lissa Evans Cornwall, Midsummer 1947. Pendizack Manor Hotel is buried in the rubble of a collapsed cliff. Seven guests have perished, but what brought this strange assembly together for a moonlit feast before this Act of God - or Man? Over the week before the landslide, we meet the hotel guests in all their eccentric glory: and as friendships form and romances blossom, sins are revealed, and the cracks widen ... Reader Reviews: ''Really clever - but readable. Perfect for a sunlounger (in the garden!)'' '' One of the best books I have ever read ... Viva Ms. Kennedy, you were truly marvellous!'' ***** ''The best book I''ve ever read. Yes, I know that''s a big statement! Kennedy is quickly becoming my all-time favorite author ... A first-rate literary genius. '' ***** '' This is bar none, one of the best books I have ever read.'' ***** ''A magnificent rediscovery ... Kennedy''s masterpiece is a searing and unflinching look at postwar England ... Elegantly and tartly written, this smart and haunting novel offers one of the most unforgettable endings ... A brilliant and moving literary feast to be enjoyed without any moderation ! ***** ''I''m longing to read this again! Clever Kennedy! Is it a thriller? Is it a morality play or an exploration of divine justice? Or is it a family/village saga and maybe even a romance? ... Terrifically readable with a marvellous cast .'' ***** ''This isn''t just the story of a Cornish summer holiday gone horribly wrong. Kennedy is, in fact, doing something much cleverer and more sophisticated - offering us the chance to solve a very unusual kind of mystery ... An unexpectedly engaging literary game.'' **** ''Such a good idea, and brilliantly executed ... I was unable to stop reading, absorbed completely in the company of the motley group. It''s almost like you''re eavesdropping on them. After finishing it, I find myself still thinking about it ... A fabulous read.'' ***** ''One of my favorite kinds of books: a forgotten treasure . The writing is exemplary ... Many, many fine moments.'' *****

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