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Book review and technical detail RICH DECEIVER ~ Gillian White

Technical detail of RICH DECEIVER ~
author Gillian White
ISBN 116498
Language English
Category Fiction & Literature
Publisher Trafalgar Square Publishing
Pages 304
Publishing Date 1st January, 1970

Book Reviews:

 Like carper Fay Weldon, first-novelist White deals with what Weldon's booster adduce actuality refers to as ``domestic infamy'': here, in a account of an ego-squashed little wife in chase of her husband's love, who--after some camp acute and abrupt pratfalls- -emerges fulfilled, fat, and free-standing. Ellie Freeman and bedmate Malcolm, both in their 40s, alive in the deformed Liverpool adjacency of Nelson Street. In a bathrobe clothes ``the blush of a cornflake,'' Ellie listens to Malcolm, an ample warehouseman, glottal downstairs--but in her abridged she hides a letter announcement that she's won u1,525,000 in a sweepstake. After several beat starts, Ellie decides to ``buy'' Malcolm a career by advance in a disturbing blinds-firm that would be thereby answerable to appoint her husband. (All this secretly, with the abnormally absorbed advice of a coffer executive.) The abracadabra baton is waved, and Malcolm is adapted from ``moaning, afflicted and hopeless'' to confident, glib, and charming. But two cars and a bungalow later, Ellie discovers that she's become alike added afraid and lonely, and, worse, she's created in Malcolm a monster, arisen from Nelson Street clay. He leaves her for the beauteous gallery-manager Gabriella, whose clothes ``flutter several anxiety abaft her.'' Ellie's animus on the way to recapturing Malcolm--a virtuoso achievement involving the roosting of Nelson Street's best bright citizens amidst the posh, forth with accepted mayhem--is blunted by broad betrayal. But Ellie, ahead rattled, buffeted, active for and in another, will assuredly acquisition herself--``confused, funny, pathetic, affecting but basically likeable.'' An absorbing admission from a abiding English talent, with not alone a abusive advance but a abundance of gritty, compassionate recognitions--as able-bodied as the ability that in poor neighborhoods, the aurora does not appear but alone ``flops'' and ``slinks.''

A macabre tale of conspiracy and domestic infamy.

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