MUSEUM OF CHEATS by Sylvia Townsend Warner


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A new collection of pieces which again, within small compass, achieve an extraordinary exactitude, impale with precision a passing mood- an incidental moment. Largely against the background of England at war, here is city and county Britain, the subtle shades of caste and convention, old age and middle age, the bountiful and the patronized, the inadequate, the inept, rather than the tragic. The reunion of a conscientious objector and his ATS wife and the end of a marriage in pity; a gunner returns home to the obtuse patriotism of his mother; the calling up of a spinster; an old man's collection of superstitions- The Museum of Cheats-which in its staid uselessness survived many centuries and the Blitz. The minor minutiae of everyday life caught by a subtle, sharp intelligence, this will largely be for a fastidious following.

Pub Date: March 21st, 1947
Publisher: Viking