It is the early part of this century. Two childhood sweethearts are growing up in provincial England, with dreams of making a life together despite the boy's low standing and the girl being of the haute bourgeoisie. In an act of youthful desperation, the boy, Harry, decides to overcome his origins by becoming a hero in the Great War. What happens when he comes home not a hero, but blinded? How can he embrace his virginal, serious-minded Hilly after enjoying the delectable ravishments of his lascivious nurse, Sister Binche? Will Harry ever stop giving passionate lectures on military protocol to his son, Clive? How, in short, does this crippled yet committed couple survive the grave disillusionments of life and love? Clive narrates his parents' lives, taking us behind the curtain of Georgian propriety, conjuring up the pathos of youthful romance, the humor and insularity of small-town life, and the terrible price of war. 'Love's mansion' is classical themes of love, death, and village life recall the great nineteenth-century novels, and the battle scenes rival those of Tolstoy. West, one of our greatest living prose stylists, is in top form - at his most stunning and controlled. His ingenious use of language, his subtle understanding of human nature, and his vivid evocations of a both zany and tragic world have never been so masterful. Here is an exquisite portrait of timeless humanity limned with the daring strokes of a literary pioneer. 'Love's mansion' is the personal novel West fans have been waiting for. An ode to the author's parents, who were the models for Hilly and Harry, it has the warmth and wisdom of a classic. Here is an intimate novel that few will be able to resist.