In Malice, Quite Close: A Novel by Brandi Lynn Ryder (Book Review)

15/08/2011 § 1 Comment

This artistically written novel opens with the shocking and beguiling account of the seduction of a fifteen year old girl by charming but perverse Frenchman, Tristan Mourault. Years later the working class girl has been reborn into opulence as her voyeur’s most prized work of art; preserved through lies and manipulation. This story, despite to soon giving way to narration by weaker characters, exhibits an intoxicating mystery to be solved, full of elegiac eroticism, decadence, forgeries and fakes. Every chapter creates a cliff-hanger, gradually exposing the reader to more sins and secrets than Tristan alone can be guilty of.

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§ One Response to In Malice, Quite Close: A Novel by Brandi Lynn Ryder (Book Review)

  • First Evening by Rimbaud (1854 – 1891)

    She was barely dressed though,
    And the great indiscreet trees
    Touched the glass with their leaves,
    In malice, quite close, quite close.

    Sitting in my deep chair,
    Half-naked, hands clasped together,
    On the floor, little feet, so fine,
    So fine, shivered with pleasure.

    I watched, the beeswax colour
    Of a truant ray of sun-glow
    Flit about her smile, and over
    Her breast – a fly on the rose.

    I kissed her delicate ankle.
    She gave an abrupt sweet giggle
    Chiming in clear trills,
    A pretty laugh of crystal.

    Her little feet under her slip
    Sped away: ‘Will you desist!’
    Allowing that first bold act,
    Her laugh pretended to punish!

    Trembling under my lips,
    Poor things, I gently kissed her lids.
    She threw her vapid head back.
    ‘Oh! That’s worse, that is!’…

    ‘Sir, I’ve two words to say to you…’
    I planted the rest on her breast
    In a kiss that made her laugh
    With a laugh of readiness….

    She was barely dressed though,
    And the great indiscreet trees
    Touched the glass with their leaves
    In malice, quite close, quite close.

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