Summer's tease is essentially that other kind of rental proposition although setting aside -- a chateau in Alsace with...

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SUMMER'S LEASE

Summer's tease is essentially that other kind of rental proposition although setting aside -- a chateau in Alsace with ""dusty verdure"" and a ""rosebud salon"" here and there -- it is not what readers of the category expect. The household is full of ill-assorted people who behave oddly; referrals are modern enough to the point of ""erotic spankings""; and there are two almost incestuous situations -- Ela who after her first marriage to nobility is now with the much younger artist Jim who does nothing except coddle the illusion of his creativity; and Jim's sister (abandoned with two children) contemplating marriage to Ela's son, the baron; and finally Ela's daughter Maguellane (hard to pronounce in any language) who lusts for her stepfather Jim who then finds her in his bed with her ""limbs interfolded"" with those of another young man. Celia Lamer in spite of her ""literary and linguistic awareness"" fostered at Oxford writes as peculiarly as her characters behave; think of Jim kissing his much older wife and finding that her cheek is as ""lightly furred as a mouse's back."" Or. . . ""how much easier it is to be a woman than a man: you can just sit and shine out the light of your beauty"" and read books.

Pub Date: Jan. 15, 1974

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Page Count: -

Publisher: St. Martin's

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1974