The Warm Nights Of January by Frank Tuohy

Published by MacMillan & Co., 1962, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.

Condition: Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier rubbing at the spine ends. Top edge of the text block tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.

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Reprint. [First: Same Year] From the cover: The Warm Nights of January is the story of one fiery summer in Rio de Janeiro from Christmas to Carnival the story of Bella, an expatriate French artist; her lover, Hadriano, a young Brazilian negro; and their odd assortment of friends and acquaintances.

Although this is in no way a novel about a racial problem, the relationship between Bella and Hadriano is one which no one least of all those who wish them well can leave alone and it is, inevitably, affected by their interference, their demands and their judgments. Through the long, hot days of summer their life together becomes increasingly difficult and contrasting events at a Christmas Party and a voodoo ceremony in the hills contrive to make it, for the time being, impossible. Hadriano feels the magnetic pull of his own race and background and for Bella the old world and its values seem to shut him out of her life. But Bellas is a classic situation and although both circumstance and tradition are against her, she survives, as she survives the hot days and warm nights of a tropical January.

As in his brilliant first novel, The Animal Game, Frank Tuohy has re-created the South American scene and atmosphere with almost alarming skill and his characters with both sureness of touch and understanding. This novel has the ring of truth which lifts it beyond the limits of entertainment.


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