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A Last Lamp Burning; Hardcover – January 1, 1963


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (January 1, 1963)
  • ASIN: B001CK2QTK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "lillqban" on February 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I think Gynn Griffin is among the greatest American writers of his generation. He died in his prime and the anonymity that hides his work is most sad - and a loss to all who never read him. He was long gone when, as a young girl, I had the fortune of discovering Griffin's talent with this novel (lost during a move). I vividly remember the joy it brought me, not because it was a happy book -it is not- but because it was masterfully written. Not too long ago I received, as a gift from a thoughtful friend, another one of his works, "An Operational Necessity", but I've never found anyone who remembered him in spite of the literary awards and critical praised Griffin garnered. I was elated to find a copy in excellent condition of "A Last Lamp burning" through Amazon.com. ...
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A maze of intertwining parallel stories, intersecting time and again, against the mad, sultry backdrop of life in the slums of Naples, the city for which Griffin apparently has special affection. Some of the twists in the story are somewhat too tall to be palatable, and the end is nothing if not contrived. Certainly the plot itself is no reason to read that book - but Griffin's sure-footed portrayal of scenes and characters might offer some incentive.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chaussee St. Pierre on May 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I happened to pick this up in the library -- I dont think anyone had taken it out for 20 years -- as I was embarking on a trip to Naples. Don't go to Italy south of Rome without reading this wonderful book and immersing yourself in the lives of these fabulous characters. Griffin wrote beautifully, and I'm surprised this book isn't more well known. It proves, once again, that if you want to understand the Italians read what a Brit has to say about them!
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