Richard TempleBook - 2006
Available for the first time in the United Statesa tale of art and espionage during World War II by the best-selling author of the Aubrey-Maturin series. The eponymous protagonist of this novel is a prisoner of the German army in France; but as we soon discover, he is nobody's idea of a hero. In order to keep himself sane while denying the charges and absorbing the beatings of his captors, Richard Temple conducts a minute examinationone might almost call it a prosecutionof his own life. Temple escapes from a blighted childhood and his widowed, alcoholic mother thanks to an artistic gift, which is the one thing of value he has to his name. His life as a painter in London of the 1930s is cruelly deprived. In order to eat, he squanders his one asset by becoming a forger of art, specializing in minor works by Utrillo. He is rescued by the love of a beautiful and wealthy woman, and it is the failure of this relationship, coupled with the outbreak of war, that propels him into the world of espionage.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2006, c1962.
Edition: First American edition
Branch Call Number: O'BRIAN
Characteristics: 335 pages ; 22 cm.