THE DOVES OF VENUS by Olivia Manning

THE DOVES OF VENUS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

.....in their pursuit of love are Ellie Parsons, an eager eighteen up in London for the first time, and Petta, purposeless and unreliable as her beauty fades, her youth passes. Together they have in common- or do not have in common- Quintin Bellot, Petta's husband, a ladies' man of considerable charm and no heart, whose ""little affair"" with Ellie is brushed off quickly. ""No longer a girl with everything to hope for, but a young woman with something to lose"", Ellie becomes increasingly insecure; her job, at a studio secured originally for her by Quintin, is ended, and there are weeks in which she finds herself penniless and loveless before a new young man offers her marriage. Petta, drifting off into another affair, again makes a halfhearted attempt to take her life and Quintin is undeservedly rewarded by a large inheritance.... Olivia Manning writes well, and some times wickedly as she moves through various spheres from extreme poverty to extreme wealth; but with the exception of Ellie- in the absolutism of her youth, the characters who cross the pages are dilettantes and the diffidence of their lives will dim your interest.

Pub Date: Nov. 16th, 1956
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman