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The Transit of Venus
The Transit of Venus
Author: Shirley Hazzard
The Transit of Venus tells the story of two orphan sisters, Caroline and Grace Bell, as they leave Australia to start a new life in post-war England. What happens to these young women--seduction and abandonment, marriage and widowhood, love and betrayal--becomes as moving and wonderful and yet as predestined as the transits of the planets themse...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780872168596
ISBN-10: 087216859X
Publication Date: 5/1984
Pages: 366
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Publisher: Berkley Pub Group
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 1
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This is definitely not a "book for the masses". The plot is rambling, and the prose takes your full concentration to really extract the meaning. This isn't a book you can easily breeze through. But if you have the time and fortitude to stick with it, the ending is quite interesting. It reminds me of "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier (in style, not plot or substance): The plot seems to wander aimlessly, with no obvious point, until the end when it all suddenly and unexpectedly comes together.
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