The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin 067974472X 9780679744726
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Book jacket/back: Francois Mauriac--who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1952--is famous for his subtle character portraits of the French rural classes and for depicting their struggles, aspirations and traditions. The Woman of the Pharisees--one of Mauriacs most accomplished novels--is a penetrating evocation of the moral and religious values of a Bordeaux community. In Brigitte, we see how the ideals of love and companionship are stifled in the presence of a self-righteous woman whose austere religious principals lead her to interfere--disasterously--in the lives of others. One by one the unwitting victims fall prey to the bleakness of her perfection. A conscientious schoolteacher, a saintly priest, her husband and stepdaughter and an innocent schoolboy are all confronted with tragedy and upheaval. But the authors extraordinary gift for psychological insight goes on to show how redeeeming features inevitably surface from disaster. The unfolding drama is seen through the discerning eye of a young Louis--Brigittes stepson--whose point of view is skillfully blended into the mature and understanding adult he later becomes.

Author: James Baldwin

Language: English

Edition: Reissue

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 128

Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: 1992-12-01


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