The Partnership

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1966 - Fiction - 216 pages
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Foley and Moss are partners in a successful small business, making plaster pixies for the tourist trade. Foley is the artistic member of the partnership; he thinks up the ideas and designs and has pretensions to even greater artistry in his cherub lamps and fixtures. Moss, the seemingly quiet one who supplied the capital for the venture, manufactures them. Barry Unsworth sets his scene magnificently a Cornish village, Lanruan, thriving on specious tourism, and its local characters: Graham, the primitive painter; Bailey, the loud-mouthed Northerner who comes to Lanruan to make his fortune; Barbara, the nearest thing the village possesses to a bad girl; and above all Gwendoline, who, inadvertently, begins the rift in the partnership between Foley and Moss. The Partnership is a disquieting, darkly funny tale about hidden desires and the unspoken attachments we have for one another."
  

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User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

Intriguing at times, mundane at others. Unsworth's most engaging work was certainly still in his future when he wrote this. The characters are vivid, but the situation left something to be desired ... Read full review

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Creepy but fascinating psychological portrait Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
16
Section 3
35
Section 4
52
Section 5
66
Section 6
86
Section 7
96
Section 8
108
Section 10
130
Section 11
142
Section 12
155
Section 13
164
Section 14
175
Section 15
193
Section 16
205
Copyright

Section 9
114

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About the author (1966)

Barry Unsworth was born in Wingate, England on August 10, 1930. He received an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Manchester in 1951. He started out writing short stories, but soon switched to novels. His first novel, The Partnership, was published in 1966. He wrote 17 novels during his lifetime including Stone Virgin, Losing Nelson, The Songs of the Kings, Land of Marvels, and The Quality of Mercy. Sacred Hunger won a Booker Prize in 1992. Morality Play and Pascali's Island were both made into feature films. He died from lung cancer on June 5, 2012 at the age of 81.

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