Testimonies by Patrick O'Brian
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"A welcome reissue of O'Brian's moving and very fine first novel."—Kirkus Reviews

Delmore Schwartz, the most influential critic in postwar America, wrote of Patrick O'Brian's first novel Testimonies: "A triumph...drawn forward by lyric eloquence and the story's fascination, [the reader] discovers in the end that he has encountered in a new way the sphinx and the riddle of existence itself." Schwartz' imagination was fired by this sinister tale of love and death set in Wales, a timeless story with echoes of Thomas Hardy and Mary Webb.

Joseph Pugh, sick of Oxford and of teaching, decides to take some time off to live in a wild and beautiful Welsh farm valley. There he falls physically ill and is nursed back to health by Bronwen Vaughn, the wife of a neighboring farmer. Slowly, unwillingly, Bronwen and Pugh fall in love;' and while that word is never spoken between them, their story is as passionate and as tragic as that of Vronsky and Anna Karenina.

About Patrick O'Brian

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Patrick O'Brian is the author of twenty volumes in the highly respected Aubrey/Maturin series of novels.
Published July 17, 1995 by W. W. Norton & Company. 223 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Pugh admires the family: sturdy Emyr, his gentle parents, his six-year-old son and Bronwen, Emyr's beautiful and practical wife, with whom Pugh falls in love, his first love in his 30-odd years.

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A former Oxford professor retreats to a small Welsh community only to become ill and fall in love with the farmer's wife who nurses him back to health.

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