Break in the Sun - David ThomsonLondon: Barrie & Rockcliff, 1965, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded, more so at the spine, with short closed tear to the head of the spine. Gift inscription to the first blank. Endpapers and blanks age-toned. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “This is a story of a man who loses his sanity and regains it. It is both tragic and comic, and the observation, sometimes through the eyes of a sane, humorous man, and sometimes with the abnormal vision of a madman, gives the book a quality few others could possess.
Daniel Cullen, whose youth was the subject of the author’s much-praised earlier novel, Daniel (see back of jacket), is now forty-seven; he is happily married with children, a successful producer of documentary films. He is sent to Tanganyika to make a film on the occasion of Independence. But the film is never made.
Within a few hours of arrival at Dar-es-Salaam he begins to have hallucinations, some beautiful, some terrifying. He sleeps with an African girl and in a waking nightmare believes she is his first love, Susanna, and that he must protect her from the Nazis. His life-long sympathy for coloured people makes him see every white man as evil. He sends wildly worded letters to his wife, friends and bosses in London, and posts them in the wrong envelopes; he trusts no one but his native driver. By the next day he can no longer distinguish between reality and fantasy and, in a scene that is both pitiful and funny, loses complete control of his mind, is placed in the mental ward of the local hospital and treated by sedation. Each injection brings a crisis he feels will kill him; he recovers sufficiently to return to England and starts the four-week journey by ship. But his mind is still frail and as the voyage proceeds his emotions grow more intense; it is as though he has been thrown back into his adolescence — intolerant, eager, over-enthusiastic, but never knowing what he wants or why.
In Mombasa, where his ship docks for a few days, he meets Yoshi, a seventeen-year-old Afro-Asian girl. An immediate, emotional bond springs up between them, and their relationship forms the climax of the book.”