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Random House Incorporated, Feb 1, 1995 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Silas Grange is a handsome young doctor who prides himself on keeping his appetites under perfect control. But when Grange is summoned by a mysterious, voluptuous widow named Celia Quill, he submits readily to the power of her sensuality. Calmly, expertly, and with studied poise, Mrs. Quill initiates Grange into pleasures beyond his imagination . . . and then proceeds to betray him with deceit beyond his darkest fears.
Set in an eighteenth-century English world of polished surfaces and secret desires, THE RATIONALIST weaves a story of reason overthrown by passion, pure intellect subverted by sexual obsession. Warwick Collins, acclaimed author of CHALLENGE, proves himself a master of historical fiction and a prose stylist of extraordinary power.
"Ironic and deliciously lustful . . . THE RATIONALIST is classically elegant and romantically sensuous, comic and sexy." -- New York Newsday

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Eighteenth-century morals are at issue in this hotblooded tale of sweet reason at odds with fleshly delights: an elegant US debut from British novelist and yacht designer Collins. In a power play ... Read full review

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Billed by the publisher as "an erotic, psychological drama,'' this novel is the American debut of a writer who has published three thrillers in England. The Rationalist is the story of a young ... Read full review


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