Sunday - Kay DickLondon: Hutchinson, 1962, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper, a little fraying to the head of the spine which is now tape-reinforced on the verso. Dust wrapper lightly spotted on the verso. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “This deeply pondered, carefully composed novel is the first of a sequence but as a story stands entirely by itself. The design is to an autobiographical pattern, in order to heighten the truth of the matter. Sunday introduces a mother-and-daughter relationship, through Cass, its first-person narrator, and her unconventional mother, Sunday, whose portrait this novel aims to illustrate.
Sunday is a universal character in her obsessive dedication to self-dramatization, romantic whimsy, happiness and complete disregard of reality. Feminine, promiscuous and thoroughly obstinate, she distorts the world about her, which to her is all the world, and lives up to the origin of her name: ‘The child that is born on the Sabbath day is bonny and bright and blithesome and gay’. Cass, the illegitimate daughter, investigates the truth of Sunday’s romance ‘that only happens once in a lifetime’, which is also the truth about her unknown father. In so doing, Cass finds out about Sunday, her demi-mondaine circle and the men in her life: Max the Dutch stepfather, Charlie the charmer, Renaldo the amorous Count, Simon the final fling as Sunday reaches middle age.
Between the luxurious frivolity of Sunday’s milieu in the late ‘twenties and the hard facts which the early ‘thirties bring to light, is the moral lodestar of Cass’s experience of Swiss bourgeois life, brilliantly and feelingly described by the author. This helps Cass to place Sunday and her world in perspective, although it is Sunday, the inveterate romantic, who triumphs in the end.”