Presents the story of Antonio Valli, a brilliant young Italian philosopher, who arrives to do a year's research at a university. He lodges with Dick Thompson, a successful middle-aged novelist, and his good looks and likeable character soon have Dick captivated. What follows is an ill-fated relationship that can only end in disaster.
Francis King's 1970 novel "A Domestic Animal" is the story of Antonio Valli, a brilliant young Italian philosopher, who arrives to do a year's research at a well-to-do university. He lodges with Dick Thompson, a successful middle-aged novelist, and his good looks and impulsive yet immensely likeable character soon have Dick captivated. Valli is someone who needs to be admired and loved and has an insatiable craving for attention from everyone he meets; he needs an audience to perform to and he finds this at the university, but especially in Dick's company. It is not long before Dick Thompson has fallen completely in love with his charming - but very heterosexual - lodger. What follows is an ill-fated relationship that can only end in disaster, but in "A Domestic Animal", King has created a novel of bitter longing and painful complexities. 'Few English novelists have written with more might and assurance ...' - "Spectator".
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Born in Switzerland, Francis King spent his childhood in India. Whilst at Oxford he wrote three novels and then joined the British Council. He was the drama critic of the Sunday Telegraph and reviewed fiction extensively. He wrote over twenty novels and his non-fiction includes E. M. Forster and his World.
A Domestic Animal by Francis King
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