The Transit of Venus


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The masterpiece of Shirley Hazzard (1931-2016), The Transit of Venus won the National Book Critic's Circle Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award The Transit of Venus is considered Shirley Hazzard's most brilliant novel. It tells the story of two orphan sisters, Caroline and Grace Bell, as they leave Australia to start a new life in post-war England. What happens to these young women--seduction and abandonment, marriage and widowhood, love and betrayal--becomes as moving and wonderful and yet as predestined as ...

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Jul 8, 2010

an overpraised writer

The plot of this book is pure Jackie Collins, talented beautiful woman gets rich older hunk, rather common hopeless lover from afar commits suicide for love of her. The style a ghastly overblown attempt at Henry James.
What twaddle, I hated it so much that halfway through I sought out antis on the internet and found a woman who said she felt like going back to the bookstore and asking for a full refund. So did I.


May 20, 2010

The best book I've read in a long time. The descriptive power of the author is mighty, and the plot is genuinely satisfying. History, philosophy, even romance - Hazzard hits a high five in all categories.

Laguna Beach, CA


Oct 1, 2009

Plowing Ahead

Although the style was difficult and the plot structure very strange, I found the book absorbing, especially the bits of philosophy thrown in almost carelessly. She uses metaphor at the most surprising times, but the characters stand out well delineated because of them.. A difficult but well worth plowing ahead read.

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