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Face Of The Waters (The first born of Egypt series) [Paperback]

Simon Raven
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12 Jan 2008 The first born of Egypt series
This is the second volume of Simon Raven’s First Born of Egypt series. Marius Stern, the wayward son of Gregory Stern, has survived earlier escapades and is safely back at prep school – assisted by his father’s generous contribution to the school’s new shooting range. Fielding Gray and Jeremy Morrison are returning home via Venice, where they encounter the friar, Piero, an ex-male whore and a figure from a shared but distant past. Back in England, at the Wiltshire family home, Lord Canteloupe is restless. He finds his calm disturbed by events: the arrival of Piero; Jeremy’s father’s threat to saddle his son with the responsibility of the family estate; and the dramatic resistance of Gregory Stern to attempted blackmail.

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus; New Ed edition (12 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842321838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842321836
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 697,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Raven was born in London and educated at Charterhouse and Kings College Cambridge, where he read Classics. Afterwards he served in the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. In 1957 he resigned his commission and turned to book reviewing. His first novel The Feathers of Death, brought instant recognition and his popular First Born of Egypt series encompasses seven volumes. His TV and radio plays, of which Royal Foundation is the best known, are classics. He also wrote the scripts for the Pallisers series and Edward and Mrs Simpson.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Onanism only? 18 Mar 2014
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So, like that of the first, the plot of the second volume of the First Born of Egypt series turns at last on mere masturbation. Do I detect a pattern emerging? Should I order volume 3? Too late, I have already done so.

But I am now beginning to understand why this series is generally referred to as representing a serious falling off from Alms...

The writing remains beautiful, locally, and the perspective refreshingly non-PC and uniquely unsentimental. But dear me, the material is running ever more thin. The same half dozen main characters, few of them very credible as psychologies, trot between Cambridge, their country retreats, Buttocks Hotel and the south east of Europe. The classical world and its myths are much more real for them than anything more recent. They have witty and/or cruel conversations, disperse, and then come together again in different combinations. One or other of them dies, usually in macabre or absurd circumstances. The plot hints heavily at incest, homosexuality and lesbianism, without being the least judgemental, but never being quite grown up enough to deal with any of this head on. The denoument is, twice so far, a troubled emission.

Well, I will soldier on, because whatever else it is, Raven's writing is uniquely handsome and his distaste for modern life sympathetic. But I feel less and less able to recommend these books to others, and more and more critical of myself for being hooked on them. I guess they paid Raven's bills, but by this stage he was surely, forgive me, tossing them off far too easily.
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