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The Snow Ball
The Snow Ball | Brigid Brophy
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First published in 1964, The Snow Ball is arguably Brigid Brophy's most brilliant fictional performance, consummately melding her avid interests in opera, sexuality and psychology. It is New Year's Eve in London. The occasion is a costume ball on an eighteenth-century theme in the grand London residence of Tom and four-times-married Anne. Anna K attends alone, dressed as Donna Anna from Mozart's Don Giovanni, unhappily preoccupied by her age and appearance and a general distaste for the occasion. But when at midnight she meets a masked Don who kisses her on the mouth, she wonders if this mystery man might share her personal obsessions - 'Mozart, sex and death' - and whether a closer union is not meant to be. 'Written with considerable expertise... An air of indulgent, extravagant corruption and decay glitters over [the novel].' Kirkus Reviews
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A masquerade ball in a London mansion on NYE in the 1960s. Sumptuous costumes, peppermint creams, sparkling chandeliers, & bodies in close proximity. Anna K alone & despairing; young Ruth scribbling in her journal in quiet corners. Sensual & with a biting wit, its dark heart glittering, Brophy's prose is highly stylised & might not be to everyone's taste, but I found the novel perfect: clever, wicked, original. "Sex, death, & Mozart" sums it up ?

ju.ca.no Beautiful cover and intriguing review😍 11mo
CarolynM I'm intrigued! Stacked. 11mo
batsy @ju.ca.no Thank you! It was lovely to end my reading year on a high note 🙂 11mo
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batsy @CarolynM It's my first book by Brophy and she rearranged my mind, a bit like when I first encountered Ivy Compton-Burnett 🤩 11mo
Cathythoughts After a review like that..... stacked 👍🏻❤️ 11mo
andrew61 I've been meaning to find one of her books after I went, last year to talk about Ann quin and the 1960 avant garde writers. I will definitely try and find this next year but would recommend Berg by Quin. Happy reading in 2021. 11mo
TrishB Lovely review ♥️ 11mo
nathandrake1997 A brilliant review that conveys the atmosphere and mood of the novel exquisitely ❤️ Added to my tbr! 11mo
LauraBeth Great review! Guess I‘ll have to read this now! 😀 11mo
AlaMich Well, this sounds fascinating! 11mo
merelybookish I just stacked this on Goodreads! It sounds great!! 11mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @LauraBeth @AlaMich @merelybookish I'd love to discover more of her work! 🙂 11mo
batsy @andrew61 Thank you for the rec. I've got Quin on my TBR and will definitely start with Berg 🙂 Wishing you a great year of reading in 2021! 11mo
batsy @TrishB @nathandrake1997 Thank you! ❤️ 11mo
LeahBergen What a gorgeous review!! 😍😍 11mo
Freespirit Another great review that makes me want to read this book! Happy New Year @batsy xx 11mo
batsy @LeahBergen @Freespirit Thank you and a very happy new year to you ❤️❤️ 11mo
Centique That sounds fantastic. Stacked for sure! 11mo
batsy @Centique I hesitate to recommend it to everyone; it's a bit of a writer-y book maybe? I think you'll like it 🙂 11mo
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