- Publisher: Penguin Books; 604 edition (1946)
- ASIN: B000HUFR9C
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,918,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trio, a Novel Paperback – 1946
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Critically acclaimed (at the time of publication) novel. Praised for it's treatment of a "difficult" subject (a lesbian relationship).
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It would seem that such a situation would naturally have its lurid, its melodramatic moment, which, indeed, it does; but Mrs. Baker’s characters have their own ways of acting in such moments, their own ideas of adequate adjectives; and the result is not, for the reader, a feeling of restraint, of discrimination, in the author, but, rather, a disturbing awareness of a meretricious style, a terrible lack of any innocence whatsoever, which is by no means what Horace meant when he warned against the overdone.
I wonder why this book was written. Its theme is, I suppose, tragic; but the performance is not tragedy: it has neither the sweep nor the tone; it is repellant rather than horrifying; and, essentially, beneath its hard glitter, there is less of the piteous than there is of bathos in its concept. Mrs. Baker has not the faults of Dickens, or Dostoyevsky, or Proust - faults which are perhaps only injuries suffered in the struggle with a gigantic idea; she is deft, hard, and, it seems to me, wholly without meaning - in this novel at least.
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