Angel - Elizabeth TaylorLondon: Peter Davies, 1957, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little fraying to the spine ends and corners. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Previous owners' name to the first blank. The contents lightly toned with age.
From the cover: “Angel is at once the strangest and most powerful novel Elizabeth Taylor has given us. Hitherto she has perhaps been chiefly noted for her ability to make outwardly ordinary people and situations memorable by the extreme subtlety of her perception and the brilliance of her presentation — though it is true that few if any of her books have lacked an occasional excursion into the bizarre. But in Angel — Angelica Deverell — she has created a superlatively unordinary central character, who necessarily involves herself and those with whom she comes in contact in extraordinary predicaments: predicaments which are comic, exhilarating, triumphant, lamentable, disastrous. When we first meet Angel, at the turn of the century, she is the fifteen-year-old daughter of a widow who keeps a small grocer’s shop in a provincial back street. She is precocious and backward, a puzzle to her teachers, a dire problem to her mother: she is a congenital liar who cultivates a folie de grandeur, who tells extravagant tales to her schoolfellows of the romantic place, Paradise House, which will one day, she declares, be hers by inheritance… The engrossing story of her long and fantastic life is told in the ensuing pages with the distinction, irony and sophistication which have always delighted Elizabeth Taylor’s many readers — and with something more: perhaps a heightened sense of the comedy of life and a deepened sense of the tragedy of life.
This is a wholly remarkable novel by one of the most admired writers of the day.”