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Dusty Answer (VMC) Paperback – 4 May 2000


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New edition edition (4 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860497845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860497841
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.1 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,578,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lehmann has always written brilliantly of women in love, of mothers and daughters (MARGARET DRABBLE)

The lyrical, sensuous quality of her descriptive writing and her clear yet compassionate insight into individual psychology puts her immediately into the front rank of English writers (THE TIMES)

It will consume you entirely, transforming your whole inner life for the time it takes to read (Jonathan Coe)

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*One of the best-loved classic novels of the inter-war years

*'It will consume you entirely, transforming your whole inner life for the time it takes to read' Jonathan Coe


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Hope on 12 Dec 2009
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Oh my I loved this novel. It is amazing to think that this novel first published in 1927 was Rosamund Lehmann's first novel. It is so beautifully written, passionate and finely observed. The voices of these young people resonate wonderfully. Their manner of speech could seem affected and odd in these modern times, and yet serves to demonstrate for us reading now, the times and emotional confusions of so many young people between the wars. This novel must have caused quite a stir upon it's publication, as the naive Judith becomes enamoured first of Jennifer, a close friend, whilst at Cambridge, and then falls recklessly in love with Roddy, one member of the Fyfe family who had so mesmerised her as a child. The Fyfe's are a family of cousins who dazzle the young Judith and awaken new feelings in her as she grows toward womanhood. The lives of Judith and the Fyfe family are dramatic, sad and sometimes hopeless. Utterly compelling, it is also truly absorbing, and a book I was sorry to finish.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb 2000
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This was a novel that I came across purely by chance and it really deserves a higher profile. Its descriptions of adolescence are quite dreamlike and yet it still had the power to move me to tears more that once! Although its style lacks the intensity and experimentation of some of its contempories it is nonetheless a real treat.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Nov 2006
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Judith, sensitive, lonely and secretive, meets the family of cousins who move in next door and falls in love with all of them. This exquisite novel follows her relationships, the disappointments, the joys and the ultimate heartbreak that she experiences as she engages with life and grows from an innocent girl to a woman.

Brilliantly written, evocative and passionate, this is, for me, Lehmann's best novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug 1999
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This book deserves to have a wider readership. A story about a girl's love for the family next door - a great coming of age tale.
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