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Passionate Affairs

By (author) Anne Moore
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Kingsfield Publications, Wilts, United Kingdom
Published: 3rd Jul 2002
Dimensions: w 138mm h 216mm
ISBN-10: 1903988020
ISBN-13: 9781903988022
Barcode No: 9781903988022

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Kirkus UK
Despite the title of Anne Moore's novel, this account of two reckless love affairs in the early 1960s is primarily concerned with the emotional fallout of these obsessive relationships and their effect on the people involved in them. Scandal, intrigue, midnight excursions to distant bedrooms; these are all here, yet there is little eroticism in the novel. Moore's fascination is with the nature of the obsession, bordering on lunacy, which drives the two sets of lovers to take the most appalling risks to satisfy their physical needs. Robert Duval, son of a French father and English mother, has been approached by Daphne, his old housemaster's wife. She is dying and wants a record of the momentous year when she became passionately involved with one of the boys in her husband's House. But hers was not the only torrid affair that year - Robert himself was initiated into the delights of the flesh by a nubile 18-year-old French girl, and Daphne's request stirs up memories of his own youthful infatuation. Public schools operated according to their own codes of morality - a little discreet homosexuality was acceptable, but striking up a physical relationship with a woman was considered unacceptable. Yet the couples seemed fearless in the pursuit of their desires, almost as if the strength of their feelings rendered them immune to discovery. The novel dissects issues of secrecy and truth in sexual relationships. Both Daphne's husband Ben and Robert's mother knew about the affairs, yet they kept that knowledge to themselves. Ben knew that Daphne's loyalties would always lie with him, and that the end of the school year would mark the end of the affair. Robert's mother knew that once Suzanne returned to France the passion would burn itself out. Yet years later, even though both affairs are long over, the memories of that obsession are as strong as ever for both Robert and Daphne. This is a fascinating account of the consuming power of sexual passion, and a remarkable insight into the claustrophobic world of traditional public-school life. (Kirkus UK)