Retreat From LoveBook - 2004
One of the best of the celebrated Claudine novels, this installment follows the sexual and emotional machinations of three upper-class youths in a remote farmhouse, where the protagonist of the series awaits her husband Renaud's return from a Swiss sanatorium. She distracts herself by encouraging her young friend Annie to recount salacious episodes from her love life. When Renaud's homosexual son Marcel arrives, Claudine sets about matchmaking, a fiasco she bitterly regrets. With Renaud's death, Claudine's ennui is transmuted into resigned suffering, but she gradually allows the rhythm and beauty of the natural world to reawaken her desire to live.
Publisher: London ; Chester Springs, Pa. : Peter Owen, 2004, c1974
Branch Call Number: FIC COL
Characteristics: 227 p. ; 19 cm