The Towers of Trebizond
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In the fall of 2004, Steve and I talked about great first lines, and one of the books I cited was Rose Macaulay's The Towers of Trebizond: "'Take my camel, dear,' said my Aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass."
An opening sentence as brilliant as that sets a high bar for the rest of this bittersweet comedy of manners (reissued in October by Farrar, Straus and Giroux) but Macaulay doesn't let us down. Aunt Dot, Father Hugh Chantry-Pigg and