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JULIAN GLOAG
Maundy


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Panther, London, 1973
(price: 40p; 256 pages)

(first published by Martin Secker & Warburg, 1969)

dedication: to Danielle, who helped bear it with love


The blurb on the back:

Rape
Destruction
Hallucination

These things should have had no place in the life of Maundy, the meticulous young banker with his spotless luxury flat, his ordered job, his conventional fiancée, his clockwork life. But something went wrong. New devils swept into the empty chamber of his soul, gibbering their seductive song, enticing him into the dangerous delights of debauchery and anarchy. Through orgiastic parties, drunken brawls, midnight encounters with savage new forms of sex, an obsessive quest and a climactic act of rape, Maundy plunged deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness ...

'Phantasmagoric power' - Sunday Times


I bought this one years ago, on the strength of the cover and the recommendation from the Sunday Times (which meant a bit more in those pre-Murdoch days than it does now), but I've never managed to read it. I tried again - for your sakes, dear readers, for your sakes - and this time I struggled through 60-odd pages before giving it up as a waste of my time.

Nothing wrong with it save for the sheer tedium of the style. It absolutely fails to grip. If anyone else has ever read it and wants to try convincing me that it really picks up halfway through, then maybe I'll have another go - otherwise, it'll have to languish here, unloved and somewhat slightly dazed.


ARTISTIC MERIT: 1/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE:
1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT:
2/5


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