Mister Fortune's Maggot
By (author) Sylvia Townsend Warner
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Mister Fortune's Maggot by Sylvia Townsend Warner
Book DescriptionThe Reverend Timothy Fortune, ex-clerk of the Hornsey Branch of Lloyds Bank, has spent ten years as a South Seas Island missionary when a 'maggot' impels him to embark on what he describes as a 'sort of pious escapade' - an assignment to the even more remote island of Fanua, where a white man is a rarity. Mr Fortune is a good man, humble, earnest - he wishes to bring the joys of Christianity to the innocent heathen. But in his three years on Fanua he makes only one convert - the boy Lueli, who loves him. This love, and the sensuous freedom of the islanders produces in Mr Fortune a change of heart which is shattering...Beautifully imagined, the paradise island and its people are as vivid as a Gauguin painting. Told with the driest of wise humour, touching and droll by turns, its theme - that we can never love anything without messing it about - is only one of the delights of this enchanting book.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780860680437
(198mm x 126mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 12-Jan-1984
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sylvia Townsend Warner
Lolly Willowes, Paperback (March 2012)
Sylvia Townsend Warner's first novel, published in 1926, is magical and subversive, anticipating the ficton of writers like Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson.
Corner That Held Them, Paperback (March 2012)
A masterful historical novel of monastic life, set in the 14th century. Many consider this Townsend Warner's most accomplished work.
Stranger With a Bag, Paperback (July 2011)
A collection of stories that includes "Love Match".
Scenes of Childhood, Paperback (May 2011)» View all books by Sylvia Townsend Warner
In the course of her brilliant career Sylvia Townsend Warner wrote superbly in many and diverse forms but never penned a memoir, properly speaking. However, from the 1930s to the 1970s she did contribute a series of short reminiscences to the "New Yorker". This title collects and orders those reminiscences.
UK Kirkus Review » The reverend Timothy Fortune travels to the remote island of Fanua, where a white man is a rarity. During his three years there he only manages to make one convert: the boy Luali, who loves him. This love and the sensuous freedom of the island bring about enormous changes in the Reverend with shattering consequences. Regarded by John Carey as one of the best book of the century, this short novel compels you to read it at one sitting, then go back immediately and start again. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Sylvia Townsend Warner
Born in Harrow (1893-1978), Sylvia Townsend Warner published seven novels, four volumes of poetry, a volume of essays and eight volumes of short stories. She lived most of her adult life with her close companion Valentine Ackland in Dorset and Norfolk.
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