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This is an auction for INCENSE TO IDOLS by Sylvia Ashton-Warner. review:

"Miss Ashton-Warner's novel expresses with a magical and sometimes frightening intensity every woman's dream of herself as a femme fatale - a temptress and destroyer (unwillingly but irresistibly so) of men. The protagonist, a beautiful and brilliant Frenchwoman, has fled to New Zealand after the death of her husband. She is a pianist of international repute. Her immense talent stems from sensitivity to music that at once inspires and tortures her. She is elegant, worldly - one of those rare women who combine a man's intellectuality with the sexual aura of a great courtesan. But Germaine’s tragedy is that the one man to who she is herself attracted - he is a minister - is safe from her. He is gentle in control; she is out of control, pursued by the demons of her childhood now transmuted into the music that haunts her. INCENSE TO IDOLS makes concrete two powerful emotions that ride all who are human: the guilt that derives from one's impulse to destroy - and the gorgeous antidote: the sense that one has (undeveloped perhaps; deeply buried perhaps) is unique, irresistible charm.”

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Hardback 1960.

283 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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