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The Transit of Venus Paperback – September 1, 1990
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Reading Shirley Hazzard is like climbing a mountain, agonizing over the rocks and rarified air during the long, arduous uphill climb. Struggle is not the same as suffer. Most modern books are downhill sloped, where the reader floats or speeds effortlessly toward a simplistic conclusion. A Hazzard novel is more vertically inclined, where one needs to stop on occasion to catch a breath, and then, when the climax comes, you are on a mountaintop, not the valley floor. It is not a transit intended for aliterates, much less illiterates. Hazzard might not be the author for you if you don't know, and don't care about, the meaning of words like "impercipience" and "abnegation." Also, if you're less than thrilled with such lines as "Magnanimity shaped a sad and vast perspective," and "My task, as I see it, is to adumbrate the sources of his entelechy," then you might want to move along to another bookshelf.Read more ›
It is a series of pleasures, combining an acuity of observation of human behaviour delivered with surprising, sometimes startling, similes and metaphors. While the content is not light-hearted, there is a warmth, humour and intelligence which comes through, so that the overall effect is positive.
I haven't enjoyed a read like that in a very long time.
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one of the best books I've ever read-had to get another copy because I keep loaning mine and it keeps going on.Published 4 days ago by Joan M.
I couldn't finish the book, kept falling asleep. It was my friend's all time favorite, but she read it years ago, and I did not think it stood up well to the passage of time.Published 10 months ago by Nancy
This was very good. Fantastic writing style. I'm surprised I'd overlooked her all these years. I will definitely look out for her other books. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Flynn
I agree with other reviewers that this is a wonderful novel, beautifully complex and full of humane wisdom. Read morePublished 13 months ago by a Canadian reader
Disappointing. Didn't particularly follow the summary report of it.Published 15 months ago by Joan Underwood
Overall, I'm glad I read this book (as everyone says its a classic) but it was a struggle to get through. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by abiddings
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