Monday, May 21, 2012

Browsing Area Book of the Week, May 17, 2012.

The White Devil by Justin Evans. Library Call Number: PS3605.V366W47 2011.
     From Publisher’s Weekly:  Harrow, the elite English boys school, provides the setting for Evans’ gripping second novel (after A Good and Happy Child). Andrew Taylor, a 17-year-old American expelled from a Connecticut prep school for heroin use, gets into Harrow thanks to his father’s generous gift to the school, one of whose more illustrious alumni is Lord Byron. In a cemetery on nearby Harrow-on-the-Hill, Andrew is horrified to witness the murder of a fellow student and resident of the Lot, a dilapidated dormitory reputed to be haunted, at the hands of a pale skeletal figure in an old-fashioned frock coat. Soon plagued by nightmares, Andrew learns that someone resembling this gaunt figure appeared in a performance of John Webster’s Jacobean tragedy, The White Devil, at Harrow in 1803. Meanwhile, cast in the role of Lord Byron in a play written by drunken and bitter housemaster Piers Fawkes, Andrew finds himself adopting Byron’s exotic lifestyle amid a love affair, a TB epidemic, and various bizarre elements in this disturbing gothic thriller.

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