The Captive and the Free - Joyce CaryMichael Joseph, 1959, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Ding to the spine with a small patch of loss to the dust wrapper and a dent to the boards. Edges of the textblock heavily spotted. Top edges of text block tanned. Bookplate to the pastedown. Pages very gently age-tanned.
From the cover: “The theme of The Captive and the Free is that of the God-possessed man and his power over others. At the centre of the novel is the evangelist faith-healer, Preedy, one of Cary’s most remarkable creations; the religious man who has sinned his way to God. Against him is set the figure of another authentic man of God, the curate Mr Syson, who believes Preedy is evil and in the end resigns his curacy and leaves the Church because Preedy has exposed it as an institution dedicated to the expedient.”