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A contest of ladies Hardcover – 1956


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hogarth P; 1st Ed. (U.S.) edition (1956)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0000CJCWV
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,142,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eleanor TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Aug 2014
I first came upon this collection, published in 1956, after Erving Goffman quoted a large section of 'Happy Holiday Abroad' in his study "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life". I loved the insight and humour of the passage and was eager to read more.

Sansom's stories subject human behaviour, especially human weakness and self-delusion, to intense scrutiny. His style is rich and evocative and the reader gets sucked into the scenarios he portrays: the combative friendship of two misers, a townie at the mercy of the Sussex countryside, boorish Englishmen on holiday in Spain. Some of the stories stray into the realm of the supernatural and one left me utterly chilled by its strange and repulsive last sentence.

"A Contest of Ladies" is not without it's flaws; sometimes it felt too arch and the punchlines too pat, but overall I'm glad to have discovered this author.
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