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The Fountain Overflows (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback – December 31, 2002
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"A real Dickensian Christmas pudding of a book-full of incident, full of family delights, full of parties and partings, strange bits of London, the lobby of the House of Commons, a classic murder with portraits of the murderer, the murderee and a couple of innocent bystanders, bill collectors, kitchen fires, good food, and a considerable quota of ghosts. West’s is a world that is a delight to enter and to live in, warm and vital, and constantly entertaining." —Elizabeth Janeway, The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Andrea Barrett is the author of five novels, most recently The Voyage of the Narwhal, and two collections of short fiction, Ship Fever, which received the 1996 National Book Award, andServants of the Map. A MacArthur Fellow, she was also a Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.
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Top Customer Reviews
I never imagined that I had found a true classic, a book that uses the English language to a degree unsurpassed by any other author I have ever read. The story of is simple, that of a down on their luck family, living in London during the early 1900's. Their trials and tribulations are faithfully described, as are the multitude of characters they befriend. Actually to describe the plot, one might assume that not much really happens and to be honest, the plot is not the main attribute of this novel. But the language! I have often thought that I would some day like to write a novel but after reading this book, I would not even attempt it! This is how language should be used...clear and concise but also able to convey atmosphere and emotions. Page after page of luscious words, all combining together to create an unforgettable reading experience. If, like me, you wanted to read more, please note that the sequel, This Real Night is almost as good. A third book, Cousin Rosamund is much weaker since it was not completed at the time of the author's death.
Please do yourself a favor and read this book. I think this ranks with Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights as books which define the best that the English language can offer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you enjoy fast paced, heart in mouth books The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West will not be for you. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Annie
Book was described as in "good condition" or better. But its yellowed, brittle pages are musky and malodorous--smells like a latrine. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Finster
“Fountain West” is the story of a family as narrated by one of the children. The family is financially challenged, with a father who is often distant, emotionally and sometimes... Read morePublished 5 months ago by algo41
secret wisdoms from the narrator, Rose,... British class system depicted, it's all there -- brilliant characterizations
So far so good. Have not been able to finish reading this book yet.Published 7 months ago by M D Vogt
I'm so happy to have discovered Rebecca West! This semi-autobiographical novel of a poor, messed-up but brilliant and resilient family is tragic and hilarious at the same time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bic Parker
This book started out interesting. However, around the end of the first third of it poltergeist and floating cutlery turned me complevely off and I reluctantly stopped reading it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alma Marianos
West is a beautiful writer, but her prose is almost a stream of consciousness. She does not like paragraphs and her sentences are quite long. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Harriet Wolman