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"A welcome reissue of O'Brian's moving and very fine first novel."—Kirkus Reviews
Delmore Schwartz, the most influential critic in postwar America, wrote of Patrick O'Brian's first novel Testimonies: "A triumph...drawn forward by lyric eloquence and the story's fascination, [the reader] discovers in the end that he has encountered in a new way the sphinx and the riddle of existence itself." Schwartz' imagination was fired by this sinister tale of love and death set in Wales, a timeless story with echoes of Thomas Hardy and Mary Webb.
Joseph Pugh, sick of Oxford and of teaching, decides to take some time off to live in a wild and beautiful Welsh farm valley. There he falls physically ill and is nursed back to health by Bronwen Vaughn, the wife of a neighboring farmer. Slowly, unwillingly, Bronwen and Pugh fall in love;' and while that word is never spoken between them, their story is as passionate and as tragic as that of Vronsky and Anna Karenina.
- July 1995
- 5.5 × 8.3 in
/ 224 pages
- Sales Territory: Worldwide excluding Canada and the British Commonwealth.
Endorsements & Reviews
“O'Brian's greatness is present. Calmly and with wit he shows how things go wrong in little worlds.” — Boston Globe
“Patrick O'Brian has a power of bringing near to the reader...savagery and tenderness, beauty and mystery and boldness and dignity.” — Eudora Welty
“A subtle and fascinating tale.” — Miami Herald
Also by Patrick O'Brian
Volume(s): Book 21
Volume(s): Book 20