By Elizabeth Taylor
Might be each novelist harbors a monster at center, an irrepressible and totally irresponsible fantasist, let alone a born and creative liar, with out which all her paintings could opt for naught. Angel, at any price, is the tale of any such monster. Angelica Deverell lives above her diligent, drab mother's grocery store in a dreary turn-of-the-century English local, yet spends her days dreaming of good-looking Paradise condominium, the place her aunt is enthroned as a maid. yet in Angel's mind's eye, she is the mistress of the home, a realm of lavish opulence, of night robes and peacocks. Then she starts off to put in writing well known novels, and this myth turns into her lifestyles. And now that she has tasted good fortune, Angel has no goal of letting a person stand in her way--except, maybe, herself.
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Fat. ” “Not now. ” She looked at the Chicano couple. The man had stroked his way up to the hair in the girl’s armpits. Both their eyes were shut. ” “I don’t see much of them,” he said, “excepting at chow and we can’t talk then. You see, I’m in cellblock F. It’s sort of a forgotten place. Like Piranesi. ” “Twelve by seven,” he said. “The only thing that belongs to me is the Miró print, the Descartes and a color photograph of you and Peter. It’s an old one. I took it when we had a house on the Vineyard.
It was his school, his college, the flag under which he marched into battle. The declaration of addiction was in every paper, magazine and airborne voice. Addiction was the law of the prophets. When he began to teach, he and his department head would shoot up before the big lecture, admitting that what was expected of them from the world could be produced only by the essence of a flower. It was challenge and response. The new buildings of the university outstripped the human scale, the human imagination, the wildest human dreams.
Hello,” she said. ” “Thank you. ” “I didn’t tell you I was coming because it didn’t seem necessary. ” “That sounds great. ” “Fat. ” “Not now. ” She looked at the Chicano couple. The man had stroked his way up to the hair in the girl’s armpits. Both their eyes were shut. ” “I don’t see much of them,” he said, “excepting at chow and we can’t talk then. You see, I’m in cellblock F. It’s sort of a forgotten place. Like Piranesi. ” “Twelve by seven,” he said. “The only thing that belongs to me is the Miró print, the Descartes and a color photograph of you and Peter.