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Cage me a Peacock by Noel Langley 1960 – Penguin


Title: Cage me a Peacock
Author: Noel Langley
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 1960
Format: Paperback
Condition: This book is in good condition for its age other than some minor signs of wear.

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Reader's note

Noel Langley has taken the classic story of the rape of Lucretia as the model for this satire. In his hands, the legend becomes a study in the art of making the best of two worlds. It is the story of a peasant-girl who in all simplicity and kind-heartedness, leaves a pastoral idyll and weaves an incredible tangle of bigamy, seduction, and deception round the swaggering, victorious Roman Army, as she dances her joyous way through its ranks. The tale has wit and salt and malice. It makes a Roman Holiday in all its heartlessness and all its gaiety, at the sacrifice of self-righteousness. It is justly named. It has all the gay parade, the elegance, the absurdity – and the bite – of a superb peacock.