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The fatal gift; a novel.

Author: Alec Waugh
Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux [1973]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document : Fiction : National government publication   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Raymond Peronne is the central character of this novel. He is the recipient of the "fatal gift"--[which turns out to be his appeal to women]. More than physical beauty, Raymond has intelligence, poise, good feelings towards everyone, supreme self-confidence (without any haughtiness). As the second son of a baron, he thinks (and his father thinks) he won't inherit and have to serve in the House of Lords, so, in a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Financial Services.
Seeking solutions
iii, 151 p.
(OCoLC)435778810
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alec Waugh
ISBN: 0374153809 9780374153809
OCLC Number: 651833
Description: 314 pages 23 cm

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Raymond Peronne is the central character of this novel. He is the recipient of the "fatal gift"--[which turns out to be his appeal to women]. More than physical beauty, Raymond has intelligence, poise, good feelings towards everyone, supreme self-confidence (without any haughtiness). As the second son of a baron, he thinks (and his father thinks) he won't inherit and have to serve in the House of Lords, so, in a certain way, the world is his. Everyone expects great things from this multiply-gifted and likeable man. Waugh's novel traces Raymond's entire adult life--on the premise that they (Raymond and Alec) were school friends and remained fast friends into their early seventies. The narrative convention, that Waugh is "needed" at nearly every important juncture of Raymond's life, isn't overworked. Some critical events Waugh doesn't find out about; indeed, the intriguing question of the novel remains until the very end: What keeps Raymond from ever finding a foot-hold in life and living up to his promise? Raymond eventually falls for the isle of Dominique. --Alan Feldman, et al at Amazon.com.

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