A SUMMER BIRD-CAGE by Margaret Drabble


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The summer bird-cage is gilded, the wealthy marriage which Louise, a classically beautiful girl, lovelessly chooses, to Stephen Halifax, a rather unpleasant ""thin lipped"" novelist. This is the account of Louise's marriage as seen through the eyes of her younger sister, Sarah, who had always been fascinated and intimidated by her. Actually very little happens: Sarah, who is waiting for the man she loves to come back to her from Harvard, goes up to London; hears about Louise here and there; sees her once or twice; is just a little shocked by Louise's continuing before-and-after affair with Stephen's best friend and best man; and finally takes her in after a ridiculous confrontation scene... Miss Drabble- or Sarah- is sometimes effusively British (horrid, enchanting, and ""terribly"" this and that) but she writes with a young touch. Her book, within the circumference of the light novel, has considerable humor, urbanity and intelligence- (yes, intelligence) and is altogether pleasant.

Pub Date: May 6th, 1964
Publisher: Morrow