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The Great Fire
The Great Fire
Author: Shirley Hazzard
More than twenty years after the classic The Transit of Venus, Shirley Hazzard returns to fiction with a novel that in the words of Ann Patchett "is brilliant and dazzling..." — The Great Fire is an extraordinary love story set in the immediate aftermath of the great conflagration of the Second World War. In war-torn Asia and strick...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781844080571
ISBN-10: 1844080579
Publication Date: 5/6/2004
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Time Warner Books Uk
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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This book has won many awards, including the National Book Award, and Shirley Hazzard's prose can be wonderful. For me, it was a little bit of a struggle to read through the entire book. Much of the story centers on an unlikely love story in the East, immediately after WW II.
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The writing is very choppy. I had to read many sentences over again which greatly interrupted the flow. I thought some of the sentences were beautiful, but the book just was too ponderous.