Mockery Gap

by: T.F. Powys

Mockery Gap
Author: T.F. Powys

Publisher: Faber Finds

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Format: Paperback / softback

Publication date: 19 May 2011

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ISBN: 0571278930 ISBN 13: 9780571278930

Mockery Gap by T.F. Powys

Mr James Tarr is a gentleman of ethnological pursuits with a desire to impress himself firmly upon people. He exercises this passion on the inhabitants of Mockery Gap, and the effect of carefully-weighted suggestion upon minds given to credulity and superstition makes for far-reaching and devastating consequences. Top page

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"Mockery Gap" is the story of a tiny village on the coast of England, and a series of events arising out of the complex currents set flowing in this simple community by the chance remarks of a chance visitor. This is Mr James Tarr, a gentleman of ethnological pursuits with a desire to impress himself firmly upon people. He exercises this passion on the inhabitants of Mockery Gap, and the effect of carefully-weighted suggestion upon minds given to credulity and superstition makes for far-reaching and devastating consequences. "By all conventional standards, T F Powys is the least modern of writers. His novels and short stories are set in a landscape as far removed as possible from anything smart or urban - a fantastical version of English village life, in which human emotions work themselves out against a backdrop of brooding countryside...Writing as an allegorist or fabulist rather than any sort of conventional realist, Theodore Powys looks not to the present or the future, but to the past. He sets his tales in a grotesquely exaggerated rural landscape, not because he has any nostalgia for the way of life it may once have contained, but because, by doing so, he is free to strip human beings down to their barest elements - their lust, greed, cruelty and stupidity, and the mixture of dread and yearning with which they respond to the prospect of death." (John Gray, "New Statesman"). Top page

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Publisher & Imprint: Faber Finds

City: London

Pages: 276

More info: height 198 mm width 126 mm weight 296 gr thickness 20 mm

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Age recommended: General/trade

Subject Indexing & Classification Dewey:(DC22) 823.912

Record updated at: 26 July, 2014 time: 18:58


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