The Evening of the Holiday
By (author) Shirley Hazzard
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Evening of the Holiday by Shirley Hazzard
Book DescriptionPassionate undercurrents sweep in and out of this eloquent novel about a love affair in the summer countryside in Italy and its inevitable end. It takes place in a setting of pastoral beauty during a time of celebration -- a festival. Sophie, half English, half Italian, meets Tancredi, an Italian who is separated from his wife and family. In telling the story of their love affair, author Shirley Hazzard punctures the placid surface of polite Italian society to reveal the intense yearnings and surprising responses in sophisticated people caught up in emotions they do not always understand.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844082179
(197mm x 126mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 7-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Shirley Hazzard
Ancient Shore, Paperback (September 2009)
Born in Australia, Shirley Hazzard first moved to Naples as a young woman in the 1950s to take up a job with the United Nations. This work collects the best of Hazzard's writings on Naples. Illustrated with photographs, it is a lyrical letter to a lifelong love.
People in Glass Houses, Paperback (March 2006)
From the author of the award-winning The Great Fire, an extraordinary collection of stories about life in the Organisation - a polyglot crucible in which talent rots and mediocrity thrives and the 'rights of man' are unthinkingly sacrificed on the altar of inter-departmental strife.
Cliffs of Fall, Paperback (September 2005)» View all books by Shirley Hazzard
From the award-winning author of The Great Fire. 'Miss Hazzard's mind is a revolving light that picks a scene, holds it in utmost clarity for a moment against the surrounding darkness, and moves on' The New York Times
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Book Review: Evening of the Holiday by Shirley Hazzard - Reviewed by CloggieA (10 Apr 2012)
The Evening of the Holiday is the first novel by Australian author Shirley Hazzard and was written in 1966. It is set in Tuscany and the main characters are Tancredi, a Sicilian architect recently separated from his wife and children, Sophie, half-English, half-Italian, on holiday in Tuscany and Luisa Brandi, Sophie’s aunt. Tancredi and Sophie first meet at his sister’s place. It is an inauspicious beginning to their love affair: he doesn’t think much of her looks; she finds him not at all attractive. Tancredi comes across as vain and sexist; Sophie goes from rejecting his advances to resigned acceptance of the fact they will be involved, tinged with apprehension. They both know that, as there is no divorce in Italy, any future for their love affair is impossible. Hazard uses rich descriptive passages to set the tone and mood; she is able to evoke the feel of the Tuscan summer with consummate ease. There is some wonderful prose: “Charity,...
Author Biography - Shirley Hazzard
Shirley Hazzard is author of the awardwinning novel The Great Fire (Virago 2004). Her other novels include Greene on Capri, a memoir of Graham Greene, and five works of fiction, including The Transit of Venus, winner of the 1981 National Book Critics' Award.
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