Title: The King of the Rainy Country
Author: Freeling, Nicolas
Publisher: Harper & Row, New York
Publication Date: 1965
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: VG
Comments: No d-j. Minor wear to front cover. Spine cocked.
Synopsis: In this captivating novel the stylish Brigid Brophy portrays the impoverished bohemianism of young Londoners during the post-war years. Susan, working for a distinctly dubious bookseller is in love with the elusive Neale, but still obsessed with the memory of Cynthia, a rangy beauty from her schooldays. Their fumbling detective work reveals that Cynthia is due in Venice for a film festival and, in a richly comic odyssey, they journey there as couriers. Cynthia is found and they also meet the famous singer, Helena Buchan. The ensuing shifts of love and loyalty recall the Mozart operas for which Helena is renowned, and whose music hauntingly threads the latter part of the novel. Here is love, poverty, friendship, betrayal and enlightenment. Even a breath of tragedy serves only to underline the laconic wit and optimism of this vivid and intelligent novel.