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Miss Garnet's Angel Paperback – Bargain Price, April 2, 2002
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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"A jewel of a novel...Brilliant and beautiful." —San Francisco Chronicle
"Vickers has taken myth, religion, and secular humanism, and turned them into substantial life-affirming fiction." —The Philadelphia Inquirer
"A refreshing, gentle story." —Anita Brookner
Top Customer Reviews
At first glance, this is a Death in Venice/Don't Look Now kind of book. Carlo, the man for whom Julia falls for big time, turns out to be quite an apocryphal
character, in the modern meaning of the word. Thankfully, Harriet wasn't in the habit of wearing lurid red anoraks, and Salley Vickers' new novel, The Instances of
the Number 3 also opens with a death. However, Julia does encounter the twins who are restoring the Chapel-of-the-Plague (which Salley Vickers seems to have invented for the novel), similar to the sort of work carried out by Donald Sutherland's character in Don't Look Now. However, there is the scene where Julia abandons her guidebook by the Reverend Crystal in St. Mark's Basilica (a reference to A Room with a View perhaps?), and this is where she meets Carlo for the first time. St. Mark's Basilica is very beautiful, but as Carlo tells Julia, all the art has been nicked from other cultures and appropriated by the victorious Venetians of past history. One could say that Salley Vickers has gone about doing the same thing (especially with regards to her new novel), yet there is a more apt simile to describe what she is doing here.Read more ›
This all sounds very deep and meaningful, but it is a lovely, lyrical book, where the central character is charming in her self analysis, regrets and realisations of things lost, and we appreciate the small pleasures that she derives from a beautiful painting, a new lilac dress, and the discovery of new truths from her own research into the story of Tobias and the angel which has so fascinated her. The other characters who populate her journey are equally enchanting, all of whom are not really who they appear to be, but all who help Miss Garnet appreciate what she has in life, as to a degree she does them as well.
If there is one small drawback with the book, it is that it immediately imbues the reader with a great desire to visit Venice, and to gaze upon paintings of angels. But I'm sure I will get over this. I will however, continue to remember this enchanting story, and I recommend it highly. This is a first novel, and I trust that it is the beginning of a great career for a talented and insightful writer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very unusual book full of surprises and with a double story. Though the link between the 2 separated by 1000s of years is not obvious. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AMB1
When my wife and I were planning a trip to Italy a few years ago, we had included Venice as a destination. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Joe Pierce
I could never get into this book. It was chosen for our book club, and I tried really hard to read it, but it just simply was not interesting to me. Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by Mary
Well written, full of references to Venetian art, and wonderful character portrayal - a feast of a book. If you need a book to take to Venice, this is the one.Published on April 4, 2014 by Mr. Arthur Boyars
I could hardly finish this book. I found it incoherent. I think it is just simply unfinished. Did this writer have any professional help from the publisher? Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Lamppu
My third reading of Ms. Vickers works, and another enjoyable read. She writes with great characterizations and clarity that I thoroughly enjoyed. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by Pepper
I got this book used for a book club review and found it stimulating and compelling. There were two stories simultaneously written, which turned some club readers off, but I felt... Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Patricia R
As with the Cleaner of Chartres, the book is a non-challenging read and no more. Again, too much of the Mills and Boon approach.Published on May 18, 2013 by Suzanne Gerozisis
This is a love story, about a woman falling in love with a city, with her unknown possibilities. It is a story of forgiveness and repentance, a woman who sees her small wrongs and... Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Frances Kuffel