Garden City NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.. Near Fine in Very Good+ dj. 1931. First American Edition. Hardcover. NOISBN . [light shelfwear to bottom edges of boards, otherwise a good solid book, vintage price sticker (from The White House, San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket shows light edgewear, a bit of age-toning and light soiling to rear panel]. "They believed in the illusion of love." (Well, jeez, who hasn't?) In this case, it's three guys who have the illusion about the same dame: "Rawlinson, eternally polite, melancholy and frustrated in his passion for Jane, Michael the Jew who found happiness in Jane's friendship when she could not give him more, and Dino who sulked in Gallic despair when the actuality of love fell short of his dreams." Unfortunately, their mutual mooning over the "perfect loveliness" of Jane (well, "of Jane's body," it says here) blinds them all to the fact that "the exquisite shell covered a simple and almost negligible personality." Frankau is an author who's ripe for rediscovery; you could start right here. . (Inventory #: 19710)
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