Review: Violet Trefusis’ “Echo”

by writereaderly

violet trefusis echoViolet Trefusis was most infamous for her youthful love affair with Vita Sackville-West, later a one-time lover of Virginia Woolf. This slim little novel tells not of that affair, but of the lethal charm of Parisian belle Sauge on her visit to and seduction of her wild and beautiful Scots cousins at the family estate. Apparently, Sauge represents how VT liked to see herself and her androgynous/bisexual conquests. Some interesting passages of description fall amid this literary worship of Scotland, although the plot is thin and sadly predictably sad. Good but not really for the general reader.

Where it came from: UPB
Time and manner of reading:
Armchair and creekside reads
Where it went: Home
Best line of the book:
Reminds me of/that:
Who I’d recommend it to:
Literary historians and the curious
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; Life on Earth by David Attenborough; Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins

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