O'Brian, Patrick, 1914-2000.

Richard Temple [text (large print)] / Patrick O'Brian. - Large print edition - Waterville, Me. : Bath, England : Thorndike Press ; Windsor ; Paragon, 2006. - 503 pages (large print) ; 23 cm. - Thorndike Press large print famous author 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 examination--one might almost call it a prosecution--of 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.

0786289430 (U.S. hardcover : lg. print : alk. paper) 9780786289431 (U.S. hardcover : lg. print : alk. paper) 9781405615594 (U.K. hardcover : Windsor large print) 1405615591 (U.K. hardcover : Windsor large print) 9781405615600 (U.K. softcover : Paragon large print) 1405615605 (U.K. softcover : Paragon large print)


Prisoners of war--Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945--France--Fiction.
Large type books.

London (England)--Fiction.

Spy stories.
Large type books.
Historical fiction.
Action and adventure fiction.

PR6029.B55 / R53 2006b