A Fearful Joy
Tabitha Baskett is seduced by an engaging scoundrel named Bonser who deserts her when she is pregnant.
She is taken under the wing of a businessman who is also a patron of the arts; and after his death, by a millionaire.
Finally she returns to Bonser who marries her.
In charting the life of Tabitha, Cary has written one of the most enchantingly comic and life-enhancing stories of modern fiction and a vivid history of the first half of the twentieth century.
“It is a very good novel. I think it may be a great novel… sensitivity to human relationships and a sense of form which we have missed since EM Forster grew silent.”
“Read this book. It is a fine example of the work of one of the best contemporary novelists.”
C P Snow
“A bizarre love story… full of his best fun.”
“A marvellous writer.”