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The ten stories of 'Rhapsody', together with the three previously uncollected pieces added to this edition, are utterly distinctive in voice and sensibility. At least three of the Rhapsody stories a€“ a€˜A Country Housea€™, a€˜Daysa€™, and the brilliant, allusive and enigmatic a€˜A Garland of Eartha€™- are small masterpieces. Not bad by the age of twenty-four. All of them are extremely controlled studies of constrained desire, loneliness and incomplete relationships for which Edwards was developing a non-realist world of imagery and symbolism and her own language. Music is one of the motifs. For Edwards, music represents art, but also the possibility of sexual passion which is otherwise largely unstated but is everywhere a powerful undercurrent.In the morning they went up to the little pine-wood again, but this time with a basket to pick whinberries for Hannah. It was so beautiful, it was a pity to have to leave it at all. a#39;If you can find me a big pine-cone I can make you a thyrsus, a#39; he said.

Author:Dorothy Edwards
Publisher:Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW - 2007-10-17


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