Martin Armstrong came at last into his own upon publication of St. Christopher's Day. Previously known to a small inner circle only, he now found himself week after week in the list of best sellers published by such papers as The Observer, The Spectator, and John O' London's Weekly; and with a novel, moreover, which the majority of critics regarded as artistically an advance on any of his previous work. Those who have sympathetically watched this growth both in popularity and in artistic achievement will not, we think, be disappointed by The Sleeping Fury.
An audiobook in which a young woman marries an old man and falls in love with her stepson, an excellent example of early twentieth-century psychological realism.
This new volume of tales show, that show that Martin Armstrong had no intention of abandoning the short story, and it displays, besides, a breadth of treatment and sureness of touch considerably in advance of the Bazaar and the earlier Puppet Show. Like them, it contains a selection which ranges from fantastic farce, as in Aunt Hetty, to grim realism, as in The Patrol. Some listeners say they do not like short stories. This is an audiobook which will dispel their prejudice.
Venus Over Lannery is charmingly and gracefully written. First published in 1936, this is one of those great novels that can be savoured from first to last with the leisurely enjoyment that comes only from the true literary gift. Martin Armstrong writes with an admirable rightness of ease, strength and sensitiveness. Some of the descriptive passages are exceptionally beautiful and is an absorbing listen.
Mr. Darby is a thoroughly agreeable gentleman of modest circumstances and romantic leanings who suddenly inherits a fortune of millions. Here at last he has a chance to indulge his tastes and fancies: He can smoke the most expensive cigars, drink champagne, and become a patron of the arts. But, best of all, he is able, after all these years, to fulfill his dream of travel in the remote and fascinating parts of the world, beneath the tropic suns, through the jungle and beside the azure seas. Life has suddenly become very important and beautiful and exciting to Mr. Darby.