- Tapa blanda: 170 páginas
- Editor: House of Stratus; Edición: New ed (23 de septiembre de 2008)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1842327364
- ISBN-13: 978-1842327364
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Going It Alone (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 23 sep 2008
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Gilbert Averell avoids some of the rigours of taxation by living for part of each year in France - but he is unhappy about the number of weeks he spends away from his native country. So when his look-alike friend, Georges, suggests that they swap passports for a short spell, Gilbert seizes the opportunity. However, a number of incidents, involving Gilbert's sister and nephew, begin to suggest that Georges's offer was not made out of simple friendship.
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Born in Edinburgh in 1906, the son of the city's Director of Education, John Innes Mackintosh Stewart wrote a highly successful series of mystery stories under the pseudonym Michael Innes. Innes was educated at Oriel College, Oxford, where he was presented with the Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize and named a Bishop Frazer's scholar. After graduation he went to Vienna, to study Freudian psychoanalysis for a year and following his first book, an edition of Florio's translation of Montaigne, was offered a lectureship at the University of Leeds. In 1932 he married Margaret Hardwick, a doctor, and they subsequently had five children including Angus, also a novelist. The year 1936 saw Innes as Professor of English at the University of Adelaide, during which tenure he wrote his first mystery story, 'Death at the President's Lodging'. With his second, 'Hamlet Revenge', Innes firmly established his reputation as a highly entertaining and cultivated writer. After the end of World War II, Innes returned to the UK and spent two years at Queen's University, Belfast where in 1949 he wrote the 'Journeying Boy', a novel notable for the richly comedic use of an Irish setting. He then settled down as a Reader in English Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, from which he retired in 1973. His most famous character is 'John Appleby', who inspired a penchant for donnish detective fiction that lasts to this day. Innes's other well-known character is 'Honeybath', the painter and rather reluctant detective, who first appeared in 1975 in 'The Mysterious Commission'. The last novel, 'Appleby and the Ospreys', was published in 1986, some eight years before his death in 1994. 'A master - he constructs a plot that twists and turns like an electric eel: it gives you shock upon shock and you cannot let go.' - Times Literary Supplement.
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"Going It Alone" is told from the viewpoint of the young man's rather stodgy uncle, who is living in France to escape the onerous British taxation system. When Uncle Gilbert sneaks back into England to visit his sister, using his friend's passport, he finds his sister and two nieces troubled by the absence of his nephew, Tim. It seems the young Oxford undergraduate had made a mysterious phone call home, then disappeared.
Uncle Gilbert has problems of his own. He was followed from France by a crass stranger who insists on calling himself M. Gustave Flaubert. The stranger believes Gilbert is actually the man whose passport he is carrying, the Prince de Silistrie.
Then Tim shows up at Boxes, his mother's peaceful country home, with the claim that someone has twice tried to kill him.
The ensuing story involves left-wing politics mixed with bank robbers, plus the persistent shadowing of Gilbert by the shifty 'Gustave Flaubert.' Michael Innes could write stories like this in his sleep and perhaps did so with "Going It Alone." It's definitely one of his lesser efforts, but still bounces wittily along filled with dry asides, upper-class British conversation and manners, plus sporadic bursts of action. I am especially fond of the ending where Tim avenges himself on the robbers-turned-kidnappers AND the British banking system.
If you'd like to read Michael Innes at his best in this type of coming-of-age thriller, try "The Journeying Boy" (1949).
While Gilbert is on his siesta in France, Ruth makes a strange phone call from England to lure him on the airplane on which Gustave Flaubert sits beside him and acts overly friendly. Who can you trust these days? Those who call you a friend sometimes are only trying to use you in some way. The elusive call from Gilbert's sister whose son has been stalked and almost killed in two attempts puts him on alert to be careful.
In time, all will be revealed, so keeping reading. Innes was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and studied Freudian psychoanalysis which he uses freely in his noves. He has also written 'The Open House.' Every day is an opportunity to attend an open house at the network vicariously, but be careful with your communications as nothing is private there. It's one for all and all for one. There is no public morality anymore.