31 Days: A Memoir of Seduction by Marcia Gloster
Review by Anna Belfrage
A very young Marcia arrives in Salzburg in the summer of 1963. She is there to study art at the famous summer school run by Oscar Kokoschka, an expressionist artist who urges his students to look beyond the surface to what lies within. Already on her first day there, Marcia meets Bill Thomson, and when their eyes meet she feels “a sudden, powerful sensation wash over me.” Marcia, it would seem, has been struck by what the French call a coup de foudre – a lightning bolt of love (or lust). Bill Thomson is twice Marcia’s age. He is her instructor, a painter who returns year after year to teach at Salzburg. He is married, has a mistress on the side and on top of that he has the reputation of seducing his female students--and leaving them in tears after a night. All of this Marcia knows. All of this, she recognizes, as alarm bells that should have her running as fast as she can from this man with amber eyes. All of this, she ignores, as irrevocably drawn to the man as the moth to the flame.
|Author Marcia Gloster|