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.
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.
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.
Great book. Well-written, funny and touching. Definitely worth reading.
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.
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.
LARGE PRINT -- The casually intermingled stories of two American college professors on sabbatical in London. At 54, Vinnie Miner is a noted authority on children's literature and a devoted anglophile. She is also dismially aware of herself as aging and unmarried. ......