Wise Virgin

Wise Virgin This mordantly witty and profoundly entertaining novel explores the twin destinies of Giles Fox a lecherous twice widowed medievalist who has lost his sight during eighteen years devoted to the tran

  • Title: Wise Virgin
  • Author: A.N. Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780436576089
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This mordantly witty and profoundly entertaining novel explores the twin destinies of Giles Fox, a lecherous, twice widowed medievalist who has lost his sight during eighteen years devoted to the transcription and translation of the thirteenth century Treatise of Heavenly Love, and of his daughter, Tibba, a lovely, stammering seventeen year old whose daydreams are full ofThis mordantly witty and profoundly entertaining novel explores the twin destinies of Giles Fox, a lecherous, twice widowed medievalist who has lost his sight during eighteen years devoted to the transcription and translation of the thirteenth century Treatise of Heavenly Love, and of his daughter, Tibba, a lovely, stammering seventeen year old whose daydreams are full of characters out of Virginia Woolf and Jane Austen.

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    About "A.N. Wilson"

    1. A.N. Wilson

      Andrew Norman Wilson is an English writer and newspaper columnist, known for his critical biographies, novels, works of popular history and religious views He is an occasional columnist for the Daily Mail and former columnist for the London Evening Standard, and has been an occasional contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman, The Spectator and The Observer.

    923 thoughts on “Wise Virgin”

    1. This is the first Wilson novel I’ve read, but it ranks with the work of Waugh and Kingsley Amis. And though his subject is the painfulness of the human comedy, Wilson is less cynical than Tom Sharpe or early Banville. In particular, chapter 6--in which the blind, egocentric scholar Giles Fox is ambushed by a mood of tough soul-searching--is particularly memorable.”It had never occurred to Giles that there was something perfectly sensible about wishing to hold on to innocence. He had always g [...]


    2. A.N. Wilson is better known for his biographies and works of popular history, but he also wrote novels. Among them is this amusing tale of Giles Fox, a medieval scholar who has lost his eyesight during his long career devoted to the transcription and translation of The Treastise of Heavenly Love, a nod to the 13th century Ancrene Wisse. Along the way, has has managed to marry and survive two wives and has a third woman on the string, much to the dismay of his seventeen-year-old daughter, Tibba.A [...]


    3. Comedy of depression - ends with hope of redemption. People living harder lives than anyone I know. Makes much of obscure literary references and pretentious language. A horrid little story. It demonstrates (as its main focus) how people misinterpret events and causes of others' attitudes to suit our own perception of who they are. Perhaps it suggests we aren't all so different from each other as we'd like to think.


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