The Condor Passes by Shirley Ann Grau

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The ruthless accumulation, the spending, and the ultimate disposition of a great New Orleans fortune furnish the motive force in Shirley Ann Grau's brilliat novel of three American generations whose lives are caught up in and shaped by the currents of southern power. As his family hovers around him, heirs apparent, the ninety-five-year-old multimillionaire, Thomas Henry Oliver holds court. While leashing his torrential energies, it has suffocated his daughter Anna, who has retreated into religious fanaticism, and turned his younger daughter Margaret into a shrewd businesswoman. Robert, the poverty-stricken Cajun boy whom Oliver raised to be the son he never had, is possessed by the money. Of everyone exposed to Oliver and his gold, only the secretive black chauffeur, Stanley - the legendary condor of the title - appears to have held himself intact.


About Shirley Ann Grau

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Shirley Ann Grau is the author of five other novels-Roadwalkers, The House on Coliseum Street, The Hard Blue Sky, The Condor Passes, and Evidence of Love-and three story collections. She lives in New Orleans and on Martha's Vineyard.
Published January 1, 1971 by NY: Knopf, 1971. 1st ed.. 408 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Few Southern writers escape the taint of dissolution and it hangs heavily over Miss Grau's predatory novel in which the condor, the legendary bird with gold dust in its feathers, is more than an emblematic symbol.

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