Book Reviews of The Knowledge of Water

The Knowledge of Water
The Knowledge of Water
Author: Sarah Smith
ISBN-13: 9780345439468
ISBN-10: 0345439465
Publication Date: 8/2000
Pages: 416
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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This book is the second of a three part series this time set in 1910 Paris during the Great Flood. This series reads more like a soap opera to me in as you know there's a mystery in it (actually two) but it stays centered on the lives of Baron Alexander von Reisden and Perdita Halley and comes back to it, the mystery, from time to time. Most of the main characters from the first book are back and with them, the same moral dilemmas society faced at the turn of the century. This was a little tougher for me to read then the first. It was probably because of the extensive use of French and being set in Paris, neither of which I have any knowledge of. Still loved the story though and I'm hooked on the series. Can't wait to read part three.
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I enjoyed the first book in this trilogy (which I believe could all be read separately) better than this one (that's called "The Vanished Child"). If you really want to continue the story, though, you'll like it!
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An engrossing period novel set in 1910 about a strange man who has a dark secret and a beautiful young woman...AND a madman who stalks them to get revenge for a murder neither of them knows about. A critically acclaimed suspense novel.
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As promised, this book followed the story of Alexander and Perdita in the years that follow their initial romance in The Vanished Child. It picks up in Paris three years later in 1910, the year of an historic flood. She is studying the piano and he is running a clinic and lab. The plot itself seemed weak to me. They investigate an alleged forgery of a famous painter's canvases, are being pursued by a deranged man, and try to decide if she is of a proper class to marry him.

There are subplots as well, the most notable being early feminism, in which a woman of that era was not able to have a career if she wanted to marry and have a family, and how they managed to do what they loved anyway. The first three quarters of the book were slow and a little boring. However, the last quarter of the book picked up and started to tie all the loose threads together. The author did extensive research about the flood, personally spending three weeks in Paris, and it is evident in the details of the narration. It was a good follow up to the first book if you want to know what happened to the two lovers. D.
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Sequel to The Vanished Child. Story of forgeries on many levels - artistic, personal, sexual - while the Seine rises to the highest folld stage in history.
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This is an Uncorrected Proof copy of Knowledge of Water. I was slow getting into the story line but once there enjoyed it very much.