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Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs
Author: Alison Lurie
Lurie's novel is the story of two English professors from Corinth University who spend a semester in London. — Vinnie Miner is 54 years old, shy, and a scholar of children's literature; Fred Turner is a young, untenured professor. Each of them gets involved in a complicated love affair, as a result of which their views on England, America, love, ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780380709908
ISBN-10: 0380709902
Publication Date: 6/1990
Pages: 304
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 45 ratings
Publisher: Quill (HarperCollins)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 3
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Helpful Score: 5
An extremely well written character study of two American academics in London whose paths cross as each finds love and passion. Virginia Miner, a 50ish unmarried tenured professor, is an Anglophile on leave to reearch a book. Fred Turner, a teacher at the same university, is recently separated, flat broke and miserable in this city where rain never seems to end. The book starts slowly, but is a terrific read.
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Helpful Score: 5
Beautifully, beautifully written book with elevated vocabulary and a keen sense of human emotion. Lurie touched on some human issues in this book that I've never read more accurately described. The tone of the book was a bit like Lurie portrayed the English - reserved, quiet, contemplative, academic. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a cerebral story. The fact that it won the Pulitzer is just secondary - it's an astounding book.
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A Pulitzer Prize winning novel - This book has one of the most memorable opening lines in any book I've read. "On a cold blowy February day a woman is boarding the ten a.m. flight to London, followed by an invisible dog."
The story is a witty charming transatlantic comedy. I enjoyed it very much.
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Great book. Well-written, funny and touching. Definitely worth reading.
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Absorbing, delightful novel. I'm wondering how I missed in the mis '80s. Characterizations superb; descriptive language throughout. One of the best novels I've read recently.
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Enjoyable tale about a woman seemingly past her prime who won't let herself fall in love. At times funny, at times frustrating, at times sad.
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