The Modern “Rake’s Progress”
Words by Rebecca West
Paintings by David Low
I am giving a preview of this book rather than waiting to do a review because I haven’t read it yet, but I am dying to share it with you all. I found this one a few weeks ago at a second hand bookshop not too far from our new house. It was one of those finds that I almost didn’t find. First I didn’t see it until I was on my second pass through this particular section and second because it is of a size that I normally wouldn’t pay too much attention to it. Being a larger format I never would have picked it up if the name Rebecca West hadn’t jumped out at me.
But I did look at it and I sure am glad that I did. Published in 1934 by Hutchinson and Co. the story follows George as he wakes up one morning to find himself unexpectedly a millionaire and a peer. Each chapter starts with a double page color plate and chronicles a step in his rise and fall. The Rake Gives a Cocktail Party, The Rake Invests in the Movies, The Rake’s Marriage, The Rake’s Divorce…you get the idea.
From here on out I will let the book speak for itself.