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The Gate of Angels (Paperback, Reissue)

Penelope Fitzgerald; Introduction by Philip Hensher

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The entertaining latest from Fitzgerald (The Beginning of Spring, 1989, etc.) - as much a story of love in Edwardian England as a gentle but witty sendup of the genre and the age. When young Fred Fairly, son of an impecunious clergyman, becomes a junior fellow at St. Angelicus College in Cambridge, he expects to devote his life to science. Founded by a pope in the 15th century, St. Angelicus is the smallest college in Cambridge - so small that fellows can meet only in the dining hall or the courtyard. Unlike other colleges, it has also remained closed to female visitors - no woman can pass through its gates - and insists that its fellows be unmarried. Ambitious and keen on science, Fred should be happy, but he has fallen in love with the mysterious Daisy Saunders, whom he met after they were both thrown off bicycles by a recklessly driven cart and horse. Daisy is a young woman of character and beauty, but "not knowing how dangerous generosity is to the giver," she's been unfairly dismissed from her nursing position in London. Now she's come down to Cambridge with a sleazy journalist out to seduce her, but the accident intervenes. Daisy recovers and finds a low-level job; Fred courts her and proposes, but at the trial of the cart-driver the truth about poor Daisy's background is revealed, and their love seems doomed. As the genre demands, fate benevolently intervenes. Daisy, hearing cries of distress, enters St. Angelicus, where she is delayed long enough to be reunited with Fred. All the correct Edwardian nuances, but often turned upside down. A not-too-serious postmodern and feminine riposte to collegiate misogyny and some of E.M. Forster. (Kirkus Reviews)
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It is 1912, and at Cambridge University the modern age is knocking at the gate. Fred Fairly, a Junior Fellow at the college of St Angelicus, where for centuries no female, not even a pussy cat, has been allowed to set foot, lectures in physics. Science, he is certain, will explain everything. Until into Fred's orderly life come Daisy. Fred is smitten. Why have I met her? he wonders. How can I tell if she's quite what she seems? Fred is a scientist. To him the truth should be everything. But even scientists make mistakes.


Imprint: Fourth Estate
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: September 1991
Authors: Penelope Fitzgerald
Introduction by: Philip Hensher
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 218
Edition: Reissue
ISBN-13: 978-0-00-654360-2
Categories: Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction > General
Books > Children's & Educational > Language & literature > English (including English as a school subject) > English literature texts > Fiction texts
Books > Children's Fiction & Fun > General
LSN: 0-00-654360-X
Barcode: 9780006543602

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