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Title: The Ivory Swing.
Description: McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, 1982, 1st edition.. 252 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0771042205 Winner of the $50,000 Seal First Novel Award. "..an evocative story of a Canadian couple caught in personal and cultural conflict in the lush and volatile climate of contemporar y South India. Seeking to escape the stultifying atmosphere of a small university town in Ontario, Juliet accompanies her husband David on a research sabbatical to southern India. There, the relentless swelter of life near the equator sei z e s t h e m in a timeless drift; they become part of the life process. And, divested of familiar defences, they are vulnerable and raw. Their past experiences become reorchestrated in memory, and their life together is called into question. T he ir c o nf ro nt at i on with an alien and tradition-bound culture becomes critical when they befriend Yashoda, a beautiful young widow whose life is made intolerable by the austerity of family law. Yashoda's seductive helplessness engages David an d J uli et in se par ate b ut compelling ways, and their involvement in her plight draws them into a situation of terrifying consequence. Janette Turner Hospital is a superb stylist with unusual insight and a skill for sensuous description. Bas ed o n fi rst -han d kn owle dge, he r portrait of India is exotic and often disturbing. She has written a novel full of passion, atmosphere, and the drama of human interaction." Light edge wear, area of light damp staining on front board. Dust jacke t has lig ht ed ge we ar/wr inkli ng - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, area of faint damp staining on inside front panel/flap-fold. Very Good-/Very Good-.

Keywords: Canadian Authors, Women, Australian, First Novels, Seal Award Winner, South India, Sabbaticals, Married Couples, Widows, Yashoda, Customs, Traditions, Relationships, Society.

Price: US$ 15.00 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 20771

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