An Exquisite Sense of What Is Beautiful by J. David Simons

By J. David Simons

An eminent British author returns to the inn inn within the eastern mountains the place he as soon as spent a stunning, snowed-in wintry weather. It used to be there he fell in love and wrote his best-selling novel, The Waterwheel, accusing the United States of being in denial concerning the bad aftermath of the Tokyo firebombings and the nuclear destruction at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As we examine extra approximately his past lifestyles, even though - as a scholar in Bloomsbury, concerned with a well-known American painter - we understand that he too is in denial, attempting to get away prior occasions which are now speedily catching up with him. A sweeping novel of East and West, love and struggle, truths and denials.

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