A fastidious, finedrawn and unhurried portrait of a large Anglo-Australian family, and particularly the disconcerting...

READ REVIEW

A DIFFICULT YOUNG MAN

A fastidious, finedrawn and unhurried portrait of a large Anglo-Australian family, and particularly the disconcerting Dominic- the eldest of the many grandchildren- has much in common with the earlier The Cardboard Crown and is again a special form of social comedy observed from the vantage point of later years. Guy Langton tells the story of his older brother Dominic who resembled the portrait of a Spanish ancestor, the Duke of Teba, inherited a medieval sense of honor along with pride and arrogance, combined a sombre, intense charm with a quixotic unreliability which led to frequent disgrace and disaster. And as the clan gathers, in its gregarious solidarity, there are the particular incidents in which Dominic figured and came off badly:- the rumored seduction of his aunt's housemaids; the sudden termination of his schooling; the night he rode- overrode-his horse to his death; and finally the elopement with his cousin Helena on the day of her wedding to another man.... Mr. Boyd's story is in itself a slight one depending largely on the aura-not altogether of approval but rather of the exceptional- which gives the romantic Dominic a dark attraction. Special.

Pub Date: N/A

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking- Reynal

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1956