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The Milky Way

Gelesen von Grant Hurlock

(5 Sterne; 1 Bewertungen)

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

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02 - Ship-Magic

11:32

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03 - Salt-Water Philosophy

15:26

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04 - The Last of the "Chough"

12:01

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05 - The Last of Harry

10:02

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06 - London River

16:10

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07 - Haggett's

18:36

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08 - Some Talk and a New Toy

13:06

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09 - The Call to Arms

10:15

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10 - Being Fey

21:02

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11 - Where the 'Bus Went

18:33

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12 - The Babes in St. John's Wood

24:53

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13 - We Increase and Multiply

23:54

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14 - A Flutter in Fleet Street

17:56

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15 - Secrecy Farm

24:21

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16 - What I Found Under the Pillow

10:02

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17 - The Rape of the Lock

25:14

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18 - First Maurice and Then Edgar

19:20

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19 - My Four Houses

13:12

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20 - What I Told the Acanthus Leaf

15:03

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21 - Spells

16:01

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22 - An Epitaph

13:27

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23 - The Odds and Ends

20:31

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24 - A Long-Lost Parent

15:32

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25 - Pan at Covent Gardens

22:11

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26 - We "Leap Screaming"

18:56

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27 - "Seals of Love, But Sealed in Vain"

8:41

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28 - Abroad

17:50

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29 - A Skeleton out of the Cupboard

16:33

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30 - I Get Me to a Nunnery

19:38

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31 - Mostly on Food and Money

18:24

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32 - I Begin to Understand

22:05

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33 - Via Amoris - (1) The Court of Love

32:44

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34 - Via Amoris - (2) Aucassin and Nicolete

29:54

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35 - Via Amoris - (3) Petrarch and Laura

25:54

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36 - The World Obtrudes Itself

22:30

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37 - The View from the Attic

28:18

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Bewertungen

interesting book

(5 Sterne)

fast paced book and great reader thanks