Ducdame was once John Cowper Powys' fourth novel released in 1925. it really is set in Dorset. The protagonist, Rook Ashover (a splendidly Powysian identify) is an introverted younger squire with a drawback: to head on loving his mistress, Netta web page, or, make a decent marriage and bring an inheritor. Of his early novels (pre- Wolf Solent) this one is usually thought of to be the main conscientiously developed and most sensible geared up. Like all of them it includes a gallery of wealthy, complicated characters and wonderful writing.
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