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A House and Its Head
A House and Its Head | Ivy Compton-Burnett
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A radical thinker, one of the rare modern heretics, said Mary McCarthy of Ivy Compton-Burnett, in whose austere, savage, and bitingly funny novels anything can happen and no one will ever escape. The long, endlessly surprising conversational duels at the center of Compton-Burnett's works are confrontations between the unspoken and the unspeakable, and in them the dynamics of power and desire are dramatized as nowhere else. New York Review Books is reissuing two of the finest novels of this singular modern geniusworks that look forward to the blacky comic inventions of Muriel Spark as much as they do back to the drawing rooms of Jane Austen. A House and Its Head is Ivy Compton-Burnett's subversive look at the politics of family life, and perhaps the most unsparing of her novels. No sooner has Duncan Edgeworth's wife died than he takes a new, much younger bride whose willful ways provoke a series of transgressions that begins with adultery and ends, much to everyone's relief, in murder.
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emilyhaldi
A House and Its Head | Ivy Compton-Burnett
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#neverever will I gain control over my book buying obsession. Case in point: I "needed” to buy 1 book for #nyrb bookclub and ended up with 4.

Ps. Winky is always judging me

#anglophileapril

saresmoore But it‘s for an important virtual book club, so it‘s more like an investment. (Which is what I said to my husband.) 7mo
Aimeesue It's not your fault. NYRB editions are impossible to resist. 7mo
Melissa_J I don‘t think that book buying is an obsession you should ever have to get over 😊 7mo
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Leftcoastzen That‘s cuz Winky can count! how does 1 =4? I have the same problem.😂 7mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Winky is like, “Four?!?!” 😂 7mo
vivastory I have to agree with @saresmoore on this one & say no one needs your judgmental attitude, Winky! 😹 7mo
Reviewsbylola 😆😆😆 7mo
janeycanuck Just consider yourself an overachiever. 7mo
LeahBergen Judgy Winky. 🙄 7mo
BarbaraBB Great pic! And yes, you had too! (edited) 7mo
Mdargusch 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 hi Winky 7mo
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