My Friend Madame Zora by Jane Duncan
London : Macmillan & Co., 1963. First U.K. Edition. Hardcover. 265 pages ; 19 cm. $18.00 dust jacket with a few small tears around the edges. Red cover cloth with gilt title at spine. Lean to spine. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.
MY FRIEND MADAME ZORA
by Jane Duncan
'She must have been six feet tall, and she was gauntly thin and narrow and so hung about with necklaces and floating, gauzy scarves that she had the appearance of an uncompromisingly angular, cast-iron lamp standard that had been elaborately clad in black crape for some important funeral. ..." I knew it! I kne-ew it!" she intoned, "The dark-haired stranger is here! Welcome, stranger! Enter!"'
This was Janet Sandison's first introduction to the mysterious clairvoyant Madame Zora, who was to involve Janet and her husband Twice Alexander, home on leave from the Caribbean island of St. Jago, in a series of events, uncanny, semi-tragic or just plain hilarious. All Jane Duncan's most engaging characters reappear in this the eighth of the My Friend books . . . Janet and Twice, the redheaded and mercurial Monica with her husband Torquil, and the inimitable Loose 'n Daze, still muddling on with the doubtful assistance of old Mattha. New characters make their appearance, the eccentric art-expert Egbert Fitzhugh, the strange Signor Marandola, who seems to have some uncanny connection with Reachfar and Monica's youth, and, of course, Madame Zora herself, surrounded by cats and trailing yards of draperies, who whirls through the story with the energy of a Caribbean tornado.
Jane Duncan brings to these characters and their often uncomfortable but always entertaining situations, the acute observation of human nature and sheer narrative power that have enchanted readers of her earlier novels, and which in My Friend Madame Zora attain a new brilliance.
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