The Theoretical Foot

Author: M. F. K. Fisher
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  • : $10.00(AUD)
  • : 9781408880852
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • : June 2016
  • : 20.0
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  • : books

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  • : M. F. K. Fisher
  • : Paperback
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  • : 256
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Barcode 9781408880852
9781408880852

Description

Susan Harper and Joe Kelly, in love and hitchhiking through Europe, never want this perfect, passionate summer to end. It is the late 1930s, and society frowns on the slack morals of couples living in sin. But these tiresome strictures are swept away when they arrive at La Prairie, the elegant haven on Lake Geneva where Joe's enigmatic friend Sara and her lover Tim preside - where judgement is suspended and time ebbs deliciously away. Surrounded by orchards heavy with plums and meadows splashed with poppies, lunches are long, youth is languorous and wine flows. As morning gives way to afternoon and sunset brings the evening's festivities, the unseen tensions and desires of the group are revealed, the fleeting yearnings and long-held resentments. A long lost gem by one of the twentieth century's most iconic food writers, this previously unpublished novel illuminates moral attitudes in the 1930s and shows glimpses of a refugee-filled Europe blighted by the rise of Fascism and the menace of another war. Enchanting, light, yet suffused with the darkness of what is to come, The Theoretical Foot is a witty and bold portrait of a bohemian life under threat.

Reviews

I do not know of anyone in the United States ... who writes better prose -- W. H. Auden Poet of the appetites -- John Updike If I were still teaching high-school English, I'd use [Fisher's] books to show how to write simply, how to enjoy food and drink but, most of all, how to enjoy life. Her books and letters are one feast after another -- Frank McCourt In a properly run culture, Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher would be recognized as one of the great writers this country has produced in this century New York Times Book Review