The Fox in the Attic Author:Richard Hughes Here, after many years, is the new novel by the author of that acknowledged modern classic, "A High Wind in Jamaica" (which some remember as "The Innocent Voyage"). The secret mind of childhood, reavealed so brilliantly in the earlier novel, has in this book become the secret mind of humanity at large. — It is 1923. A tragic accident has forced... more » 23-year-old Augustine to leave his agreeable English manor and shelter among cousins at their home near Munich. It is Augustine's obsession to refrain from the slightest exercise of power over anyone. In England, thankfully at peace after the monstrous blood-letting of a world war, such high-minded conduct can be indulged in. But in Germany, riding the nightmare of defeat and inflation, Augustine's fine fastidiousness is out of place. There everyone-not even excepting the lovely Mitzi-is deep in various fanatic schemes to reshape events through desperate action. One such enthusiast, Adolf Hitler, his beer-hall putsch aborted, cowers in a country attic, awaiting arrest.
All Hughes' remembered virtues and subtleties are here: the startlilng vividness of scene, the march of narrative, often violently exciting, and a delicacy and depth of human insight. No human being, young or old, lunatic or sane, lies outside his uncanny awareness. And, in "The Fox in the Attic," these powers are employed in a work of enormous scope and significance--a re-creation of the inner life of an entire generation.
Book is an ex-library copy in very good condition for its age. Has jacket.« less