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The Resource Firefly, Janette Jenkins

Firefly, Janette Jenkins

Label
Firefly
Title
Firefly
Statement of responsibility
Janette Jenkins
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Offers a seductive snapshot of Noel Coward, that consummate man of the theater. Most of the action occurs during one week in 1971. The recently knighted Sir Noel is living in his tiny hilltop retreat in Jamaica, the eponymous Firefly, above his much larger, bustling home below. He divides his time between there and Switzerland, avoiding England for tax reasons. The great man is in poor health, suffering dizzy spells and leading a sedentary life (he will die two years later, at age 73). Down the hill, his unobtrusive partner, Graham Payn, takes care of business. What's different about this week? Noel's peerless manservant, Miguel, an older, married man who arranges everything just so, is away, visiting a dying relative. Standing in for him is Patrice, an exuberant 22-year-old. The relationship between the young blood with big dreams and the literary lion tugged back by memories is at the heart of the novel
Summary
On a secluded hillside in Jamaica lies Firefly, Noel Coward's peaceful retreat. Here, between sundowners and sunsets, brandies and cigarettes, the seventy-year-old Coward whiles away his days -- a comforting, frustrating pattern of unwanted breakfasts, reluctant walks, graceless dips in the pool -- in the company of his manservant Patrice. Set over a series of summer days in the early 1970s, Firefly flits through Coward's dreams and memories, his successes and regrets, against a sultry, seductive backdrop of blue skies and glistening water. Colorful and contemplative, this is a moving portrait of old age and friendship, and a poignant appraisal of a life well lived
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Writing style
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10223642
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Jenkins, Janette
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
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  • Coward, Noel
  • Male friendship
  • Authors, English
  • Reminiscing in old age
  • Jamaica
Target audience
adult
Label
Firefly, Janette Jenkins
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn829743197
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
165 pages
Isbn
9781609451400
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)829743197
Label
Firefly, Janette Jenkins
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn829743197
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
165 pages
Isbn
9781609451400
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)829743197

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