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The Story of Esther Costello - Nicholas Monsarrat

Cassell & Co., 1953, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dustwrapper. Unlaminated dustwrapper a little edgeworn and faded with several short tears. Edges of the text block lightly spotted.

First in this, the Overseas Edition. From the cover: “Esther Costello’s story begins in an Irish village where as a young girl she was kept alive, but only just alive, by her parents after she had become blind, deaf and dumb as the result of an accident. Here she is found by an American tourist, a lady with no great wealth but one who takes pity on her appalling condition and determines to take her to America where she might possibly be cured by modern medicine. In America the doctors do not effect the expected cure, but by that time her benefactor has determined to devote her otherwise pointless life to the care of this unfortunate girl. What began as a purely charitable project inspired by sympathy and a desire to do something in life worth doing becomes, through unforeseen circumstances, the basis for a nation-wide imposition on public sympathy. The money which pours in, ostensibly for the nation’s blind, as a result of Esther’s appearances at organised public meetings goes more and more to the feathering of her benefactor’s nest. But this is a simple exploitation of the public compared with the imposture to which Esther is committed when, at the height of her world-wide fame, her faculties are disastrously restored. This is not a pretty book. It could not be, for the story it tells portrays the infinite gullibility of humanity, and the men and women who exploit this gullibility are driven by avarice or by fear or by lust—except Esther, and Esther, deaf dumb and blind, or brutally awakened to the reality of her existence, is a pawn in the vicious game. But it is very much a story of our times, one which rings uncomfortably true — a story you will certainly not forget.”
Size: 8" x 5¼"
Number of Pages: 255
Cover Art By: Mudge Marriott

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