Mr. Fortune's Maggot: And, The Salutation
New York Review of Books, 2001 - 227 pages
After a decade in one South Seas mission, a London bank-clerk-turned-minister sets his heart on serving a remote volcanic island. Fanua contains neither cannibals nor Christians, but its citizens, his superior warns, are like children—immoral children. Still, Mr. Timothy Fortune lights out for Fanua. Yet after three years, he has made only one convert, and his devotion to the boy may prove more sensual than sacred.Mr. Fortune’s Maggot, Sylvia Townsend Warner’s second novel, is lyrical, droll, and deeply affecting, and her missionary captivated his creator as much as he did her readers.
Long after the book's publication, Warner began the novellaThe Salutation. Now adrift and starving on the Brazilian pampas, Mr. Fortune is rescued by an elderly widow, who delights in having an Englishman about the house. Her heir, however, may beg to differ.
Brilliant and subversive,Mr. Fortune's Maggotand its sequel are now available for the first time ever in one volume. They show Sylvia Townsend Warner at the height of her powers.
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LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - JulieStielstra - LibraryThing
Not as wonderful as Lolly Willowes, but that's a high bar. But it's another beautiful example of what Warner is so great at: ordinary, overlooked, well-intentioned people - spinsters, clerks - who get ... Consulter l'avis complet
LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - nossanna - LibraryThing
This was an NPR recommended book and not widely available (I had to go to the UA library). Easy to read, a bit simplistic and tedious at times. The book was a predictable commentary, once again, on ... Consulter l'avis complet
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