Veronica, Or, the Two Nations

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  • Hardcover
  • 318 pages
  • Veronica, Or, the Two Nations
  • David Caute
  • English
  • 11 February 2018
  • 1559701013

About the Author: David Caute

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Veronica, Or, the Two Nations British Author Caute News From Nowhere Steeps His Stunning Novel Of Sexual Politics In Literary Allusions The Title Echoes Victorian Statesman Novelist Benjamin Disraeli S Sybil Or The Two Nations Which Describes The Working Class Pitted Against Aristocrats And Later Applies To A Scandal Monger S Expose Of Caute S Protagonist Michael Parsons Falls Instantly In Love With His South African Cousin Veronica When She Comes To London In To Live With His Family By The Time His Parents Die In WW II, He Knows That V Is His Half Sister He Justifies His Passion Via Entries In His Journal That Record Historical Incidents Of Sibling Incest And Its Endurance As A Classic Theme, Copiously Citing The Jacobean TragedyTis A Pity She S A Whore And Ibsen S Ghosts Determined To Destroy His Rival, V S American Soldier Fiance, Mike Stoops To Deceit And Trickery When V Is Hurt In A Bomb Raid And Becomes Dependent On Barbiturates, Her Inhibitions Abate And Her Mind Deteriorates Mike Tenderly Cares For Her As Their Love Flowers Years Later, Mike, Now A Tory Cabinet Minister Under Thatcher, Is Hounded By Journalist Bert Frame, A Slum Born Bully The Two Again Personifying The Two Nations Of Britain S Social Classes

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10 thoughts on “Veronica, Or, the Two Nations

  1. MJ Nicholls says:

    David Caute s seventh novel is blackly humorous incest narrative, featuring loathsome Tory MP protagonist Michael Parsons, a conniving snob whose teenage penchant for his half sister Veronica has vicious personal and political repercussions Running alongside this wartime tale is tabloid reporter Bert Frame s attempts to expose Parsons, a lifelong nemesis, in the 1980s present, for crimes suffered in the poorhouse as an urchin The novel serves up another caustic depiction of minor public boardi David Caute s seventh novel is blackly humorous incest narrative, featuring loathsome Tory MP protagonist Michael Parsons, a conniving snob whose teenage penchant for his half sister Veronica has vicious personal and political repercussions Running alongside this wartime tale is tabloid reporter Bert Frame s attempts to expose Parsons, a lifelong nemesis, in the 1980s present, for crimes suffered in the poorhouse as an urchin The novel serves up another caustic depiction of minor public boarding school life as seen in a trillion other English novels , and explores the diseased roots of the class driven political system with cutting wit The incest narrative, in particular Veronica s motives, is not wholly convicing, and the outcome of that strand is not a triumph Caute is always an erudite entertainer and never averse to confronting controversial topics with style and venom