The Spoils of Poynton, Paperback Book
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Mrs Gareth, widowed chatelaine of Poynton, is fighting to keep her house with its priceless objets d'art from her son Owen and his lovely, utterly philistine fiancee.

When she discovers that her young friend and sympathizer Fleda Vetch is secretly in love with Owen, she thrusts her into the battle-line.

The power struggle that ensues between the three women leaves Owen vacillating.

What is at stake is not the mere possession of tables and chairs; it is, for Fleda, a conflict between aesthetic ideals, ethical imperatives, and her innermost feelings, in which she risks betraying, and being betrayed by, all that she holds most dear.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780199552481

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I love this novel. Henry James is a genius at identifying some of the worst aspects of human behaviour. Especially when he looks at the lives of the rich and frivolous. Mrs. Gereth is a recent widow. Because of custom, she must move out of her home to make way for the new owners, her son and his wife to be. The only problem is that the home, Poynton is a masterpiece. In fact, Poynton is her masterpiece and she is reluctant to be parted from her art.What ensues is a battle of wits between the witless Owen, his fiancee Mona Bridgestock, his mother and her friend Fleda Vetch.

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