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Something Light by Margery Sharp

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BOOK INFO -

Something Light by Margery Sharp.

Published by Little, Brown and Company (Book Club Edition) in 1960.

Cover design by Ira Goldblatt.

Hardcover.

SIZE -

216 pages / 5.6 x 8.5 x .75 inches / 14 x 21.5 x 1.9 centimeters

CONDITION -

Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like, but...

Lots of wear to the dust jacket - rips and tears. Wear. Some little stains.

Name written inside front cover (in pen).

Old library check-out card slot on back endpapers.

ON DUST JACKET -

Margery Sharp has been rightly called "one of the most gifted writers of comedy in the civilized world today." Whether fastening her perceptive eye on Cluny Brown or on that irresistible adventuress Julia of The Nutmeg Tree, Mis Sharp "writes deliciously." Something Light, her latest excursion with the less cautious, more impulsive inhabitants of London and its environs is further proof of "the Sharp magic."

Something Light is the story of Louisa Mary Datchett, who was "very fond of men"--indiscriminately fond of men, in fact. Men, for their part, seemed to recognize this in her and took advantage of it--and of her--when they needed listening to, when they needed prescriptions filled, employment found, socks washed, suits fetched from the cleaners, or musical instruments got out of hock. "She was constantly being either sent for, like a fire engine, or dispatched, like a lifeboat, to the scene of some masculine disaster." Such was the universal employ of her talents that, fond of men as she was, she found herself in her thirtieth year suddenly feeling jaded.

The result of this unfamiliar feeling was a new and equally unfamiliar impulse to marry, and marry well. In a short but illuminating moment of reflection, Louisa decided that "It's not the suffragettes who'd be proud of me, it's the Salvation Army...it's time I looked out for myself. In fact, it's time I looked out for a rich husband...."

What happens in Louisa's search for a husband is a continuous delight. Although newly prudent and following the maxim, "Che va piano va sicuro" (softly-softly catchee monkey), Louisa is apt to meet anyone and usually does. Besides her own Bohemian set of the off-beat, the brochial and the indigent, there are to name a few, F. Pennon with his Rolls-Royce, champagne partiesa nd capability of hiring television time to complain about the weather; Enid Anstruther, an expert on the art of husband-hunting who enjoys talking shop and, in a moment of womanly chumminess, further confuses Louisa by advising her to "marry the life, not the man"; Jimmy Brown, the steadiest of men, but quite terrified before the embodiment of something he'd rather keep a sentimental memory.

These diverting characters and their wonderfully humorous and human involvements make Something Light one of Margery Sharp's most thoroughly engaging, generously witty novels. Indeed, the author seems to have had as much fun writing it as the reader will have discovering it. In short, Christopher Morley's comment about Miss Sharp's The Foolish Gentlewoman might well apply to Something Light--"In a time so full of the grimy and the grim, how enjoyable this book is."

Something Light by Margery Sharp


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