The Milky Way


Read by Grant Hurlock

(5 stars; 1 reviews)

The Milky Way - F. Tennyson Jesse's first novel - began life as a 1913 magazine serial called The Adventures of Viv. In it, poor-but-plucky Cornish painter/model Vivian Lovel recounts events of her twenty-first year: en route from Penzance to London by steamer, she catches a baby dropped over the side of a sinking ship - and decides to keep it. Penniless, however, she "platonically" pairs up with pan-like fellow passenger Peter Whymperis, an actor and aspiring writer, and together they find work with a fifth-rate repertory troupe. Soon sacked, they nevertheless leave with money enough to buy milk for the baby. They then spend a night locked in a wax museum devoted to notorious murders and later trace a fugitive from justice to his lair. At a costume party, Viv rescues her beautiful friend Chloe from a cruel seducer, by taking her place (and his car). Viv then flits to Cornwall for a stint of modeling at an artists' colony. She's tempted to put down roots, but Peter appears, and they dance away as faun and nymph into the night. Back again in London, a publisher, whose home they invade, commissions Peter to write and Viv to illustrate a travel book about Provence, so they promptly decamp for France. While visiting the romantic locale of famous lovers Aucassin & Nicolete, Viv retells the fable so vividly to a filmmaker they meet that he decides to shoot the movie, with Aucassin played by Peter and Nicolete by - Chloe! Will Viv's faun succumb to the charms of her BFF? Or will her milky way have a honeyed end? The Milky Way is the only novel F. Tennyson Jesse completed before inadvertently touching a whirling airplane propeller with her painting/writing hand, the treatment of which left her with fewer fingers and a lifelong opiate addiction. Subsequently, she turned to crime - writing much about murders such as those that terrified Viv in the wax museum - and her later novels seem just a bit darker, harder, more impersonal and less ingenuous than this jeu d'esprit which was her first. (Introduction by Grant Hurlock) (11 hr 26 min)

Chapters

01 - General Cargo 16:43 Read by Grant Hurlock
02 - Ship-Magic 11:32 Read by Grant Hurlock
03 - Salt-Water Philosophy 15:26 Read by Grant Hurlock
04 - The Last of the "Chough" 12:01 Read by Grant Hurlock
05 - The Last of Harry 10:02 Read by Grant Hurlock
06 - London River 16:10 Read by Grant Hurlock
07 - Haggett's 18:36 Read by Grant Hurlock
08 - Some Talk and a New Toy 13:06 Read by Grant Hurlock
09 - The Call to Arms 10:15 Read by Grant Hurlock
10 - Being Fey 21:02 Read by Grant Hurlock
11 - Where the 'Bus Went 18:33 Read by Grant Hurlock
12 - The Babes in St. John's Wood 24:53 Read by Grant Hurlock
13 - We Increase and Multiply 23:54 Read by Grant Hurlock
14 - A Flutter in Fleet Street 17:56 Read by Grant Hurlock
15 - Secrecy Farm 24:21 Read by Grant Hurlock
16 - What I Found Under the Pillow 10:02 Read by Grant Hurlock
17 - The Rape of the Lock 25:14 Read by Grant Hurlock
18 - First Maurice and Then Edgar 19:20 Read by Grant Hurlock
19 - My Four Houses 13:12 Read by Grant Hurlock
20 - What I Told the Acanthus Leaf 15:03 Read by Grant Hurlock
21 - Spells 16:01 Read by Grant Hurlock
22 - An Epitaph 13:27 Read by Grant Hurlock
23 - The Odds and Ends 20:31 Read by Grant Hurlock
24 - A Long-Lost Parent 15:32 Read by Grant Hurlock
25 - Pan at Covent Gardens 22:11 Read by Grant Hurlock
26 - We "Leap Screaming" 18:56 Read by Grant Hurlock
27 - "Seals of Love, But Sealed in Vain" 8:41 Read by Grant Hurlock
28 - Abroad 17:50 Read by Grant Hurlock
29 - A Skeleton out of the Cupboard 16:33 Read by Grant Hurlock
30 - I Get Me to a Nunnery 19:38 Read by Grant Hurlock
31 - Mostly on Food and Money 18:24 Read by Grant Hurlock
32 - I Begin to Understand 22:05 Read by Grant Hurlock
33 - Via Amoris - (1) The Court of Love 32:44 Read by Grant Hurlock
34 - Via Amoris - (2) Aucassin and Nicolete 29:54 Read by Grant Hurlock
35 - Via Amoris - (3) Petrarch and Laura 25:54 Read by Grant Hurlock
36 - The World Obtrudes Itself 22:30 Read by Grant Hurlock
37 - The View from the Attic 28:18 Read by Grant Hurlock

Reviews

interesting book


(5 stars)

fast paced book and great reader thanks