Tasker Jevons:  The Real Story cover

Tasker Jevons: The Real Story

May Sinclair (1863-1946)

1. My Book, Ch. 1a
2. My Book, Ch. 1b
3. My Book, Ch. 1c
4. My Book, Ch. 2a
5. My Book, Ch. 2b
6. My Book, Ch. 3a
7. My Book, Ch. 3b
8. My Book, Ch. 4a
9. My Book, Ch. 4b
10. My Book, Ch. 5
11. Her Book, Ch. 6a
12. Her Book, Ch. 6b
13. Her Book, Ch. 7
14. Her Book, Ch. 8a
15. Her Book, Ch. 8b
16. Her Book, Ch. 9a
17. Her Book, Ch. 9b
18. Her Book, Ch. 10
19. Her Book, Ch. 11a
20. Her Book, Ch. 11b
21. Her Book, Ch. 11c
22. His Book, Ch. 12a
23. His Book, Ch. 12b
24. His Book, Ch. 13a
25. His Book, Ch. 13b
26. His Book, Ch. 14a
27. His Book, Ch. 14b
28. His Book, Ch. 15

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In this May Sinclair wartime masterpiece, dashing newsman Walter Furnival is an absurdly good catch: handsome, successful, athletic, intelligent, an upstanding epitome of manhood and rectitude. Tasker Jevons is a puny, preposterous, impossible-looking, bombastic sports writer, without one single redeeming social grace. Imagine the jealous mortification of Furny when his enchanting young typist and love interest Viola Thesiger chooses the clownish Jevons as a lover, seeing in him a remarkable inner beauty not evident to anyone but her and (as he grudgingly but magnanimously admits) the long-suffering and devoted Furnival. But despite the title, the central character of this extraordinary novel is not the redoubtable Jevons but the rebellious feminist Viola, determined against all odds not only to revolt against every enslaving conformity of her upbringing, but also to burn all her boats behind her, ruthlessly leaving herself no possibility of a return to the soporific decorum of her cloistered family and past. This extraordinary menage, however, is broken apart by the irruption of the Great War into their lives. ( Expatriate)