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A Fine and Private Place Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1999
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It doesn't plod, as the other reviewer said, but it is lovely and slow, written in the smooth and elegant prose that is the hallmark of Beagle's best work. Was he really only 19 when he wrote it? You know a great book by Beagle when you never want it to end, and this is one. It isn't like any other book, so I can't compare it to anything. Read it.
Peter Beagle is simply the most amazing writer ever (IMHO), and so I highly recommend all of his works. This one in particular, though, has always been special to me. The writing is so simple that it's beautiful. And the story of Michael and Laura's love is so touching,... there was a chapter in the book that was so painfully lovely that it actually brought tears to my eyes, one of only two times that I can remember being brought to tears by a book.
I can't recommend it highly enough. It's amazing in so many ways. For one, nearly the entire book takes place in a single graveyard, a place which becomes so real to me that I wish it were indeed real so that I might be buried there myself. The characters are unforgettable as well. Even the talking raven is wonderful, whereas I usually abhor loquacious animals (look for the squirrel and the raven's conversation, it is hands down the most hilarious section of the novel!).
Besides all that, it's a love story, which may be a plus to some of you. For the rest of you out there who hate love stories, I understand, becuase I hate them too. But Beagle's romance totally pulled me in.Read more ›
The raven has an attitude, but insists on dragging sandwiches to Mr. Rebeck, a pharmacist who decided to live in the cemetery many years ago. Mr. Rebeck is lonely most of the time, except when there is a new burial, for then that person's ghost will stick around a little while and keep him company, until the ghost forgets what it is to be human, to be alive.
Michael Morgan and Laura are two such new ghosts. Each has a conflicted past, not fully remembered, and take different approaches to this new state of 'living', Michael trying fiercely to retain all he can of himself and his past, Laura trying to fully leave the world of the living. Mr. Rebeck suddenly finds himself with an unusually rich set of company, for besides Michael and Laura, he finds himself involved with the widow Mrs. Klapper, coming to visit the tomb of her husband.
Each of these characters is finely delineated, their conversations with each other slowly illuminating their pasts, their ambitions, their fears, and their hopes. From a little evening singing, quiet walks, the raven bringing news of the outside world, the story is built bit by little bit, with no large dramatic moments until the very end. It is, in essence, a character study, and each character's approach to life imposes its message about life's meaning and purpose.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book fifty years ago ( really!) I loved it. It's even better now. This is a magnificent book.Published 21 days ago by dianna wittner
Of all the books I've read this season "A Fine and Private Place" is my favorite..... I read it a long time ago and decided to revisit it..I'm glad I did.... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Denise B. Yoder
I would say "Peter Beagle has done it again.", but that would be technically inaccurate, since this was his first publication - I just happened to read it after I had read... Read morePublished 5 months ago by William A. Lyle
I picked this up thinking I'd enjoy both this and the Last Unicorn but instead discovered this author isn't for me haha.Published 6 months ago by Yourgoat
Bought it as a gift because it was one of the few books read a quarter century ago that stayed with me.Published 8 months ago by C. Adelman
I owned this book years ago. Donated it in a big purge of my library. Had to re-purchase it. Remembered how much I enjoyed the story and I wanted to read it again.Published 8 months ago by Cranky24/7
Although the story is unique, it does not possess magic and grace like Beagle's The Last Unicorn, a story of unparalleled beauty and grace.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Huber