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Riassunto: Sergeant Cribb finds himself investigating a ring promoting the illegal sport of bare-knuckle boxing. So Cribb sends Constable Jago, the police boxing champion, to the gang's secret training centre to see what's going on.
Recensione: Age has indeed withered the proprietress of London's Temple School for child actors, but custom has yet to stale her infinite, cadging variety. Freddie--born Frieda Wentworth--is Penelope Fitzgerald's most marvelous sacred monster, a woman insanely devoted to her art. Over several decades she has foiled debt collectors, creditors, and bailiffs at every turn. What matter if Freddie's Covent Garden redoubt is freezing and falling apart, her own office-cum-bedroom a haven for must and dust, mold and mothballs? When one would-be financier has the temerity to display a balance sheet, she orders him to put it away, "in the tone she used to the local flasher." After all, this force of theatrical nature can always rely on actors and theaters for desperate, last-minute donations. On the other hand, it is 1963, and the school is threatened by others specializing in film and TV training, but so far Freddie is sticking to her Shakespearean guns.
The Temple's permanent staff consists of an unskilled handyman and Freddie's assistant and dresser, the possibly malevolent Miss Blewett. Its acting coaches include a man who's made his career out of understudying Nana, the dog-nurse in Peter Pan. Needless to say, the students are not impressed. To further trim expenses, Freddie has hired two new teachers from Northern Ireland. One, Hannah Graves, is qualified; the other, Pierce Carroll, decidedly not--but Freddie hires him for other reasons: "She had heard in his remarks the weak, but pure, voice of complete honesty. She was not sure that she had ever heard it before, and thought it would be worth studying as a curiosity." These two innocents are in academic charge of the young thespians, an egomaniacal, mostly mendacious lot. (In a stage school, after all, insincerity is a good thing.) But Freddie's does house one genius: 9-year-old, unknowable Jonathan Kemp. Even his guinea pig inherits his bad luck, and is soon devoured by one of the theater district's roving felines. Jonathan seems destined to be overshadowed by Mattie Stewart (later Stewart Matthews), a showoff who at least has the grace--even if it is manifested in spurts of violence--to know himself inferior. Meanwhile, we watch Pierce fall in love, hopelessly, with his colleague. Alas, he hasn't a chance against the dissipated actor Boney Lewis, though Hannah tries not to destroy him: "At the corner, she gave him a hug and a kiss, as one does to a cousin, or to the inconsolable."
At Freddie's, Penelope Fitzgerald's 1982 parable of the talents, constantly shifts between such despair and high comedy. Many Fitzgerald-philes feel that she reached her apex in her three European novels--Innocence, The Beginning of Spring, and The Blue Flower. In fact, she had already arrived there with this perfect novel of ideas, ideals, and oddities. --Kerry Fried
Titolo: At Freddie's
Casa editrice: Wm Collins & Sons & Co
Data di pubblicazione: 1982
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Hardback. Condizione libro: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Codice libro della libreria GOR001024257
Descrizione libro Hardback. Condizione libro: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Codice libro della libreria GOR001361124
Descrizione libro 1982. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. FIRST EDITION. 1982 HarperCollins first edition. Light reading wear, price clipped dustjacket else very good condition throughout. Posted promptly by UK seller. Codice libro della libreria 58-AFHP-D7RN
Descrizione libro Collins, 1982. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First edition, first impression - a scarce title. Near Fine: tightly bound in sharp green boards, very lightly rubbed at the spine tips and with a faint, soft vertical crease to the backstrip, else Fine - very crisp and clean. The publisher clipped-and-repriced dustwrapper is likewise Near Fine: bright and attractive with a few minor wrinkles and just a hint of age toning; presents very well indeed in a removable, archival-quality Brodart protective cover. All orders are sent carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and sturdy cardboard. Codice libro della libreria 651
Descrizione libro Collins, 1982. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. 1st Edition. First edition, first impression - a scarce title. Fine: tight and square and very crisp and clean, presenting as unopened. The publisher clipped-and-repriced dustwrapper is likewise Fine: bright, crisp and clean with a tiny scratch to the upper panel; presents beautifully in a removable, archival-quality Brodart protective cover. All orders are sent carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and sturdy cardboard. Codice libro della libreria 701
Descrizione libro Wm Collins & Sons & Co, 1982. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0002220644
Descrizione libro 1982. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. FIRST EDITION. 1982 HarperCollins first edition. Light reading wear, price clipped dustjacket else very good condition throughout in very good jacket. Possibly a unique copy; complete but due to a printing error an extra section (pages 169-182) have been bound in in front of the title page. Codice libro della libreria EH-I8IA-KSHC