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Description - The Transit Of Venus by Shirley Hazzard

Caro, gallant and adventurous, is one of two Australian sisters who have come to post-war England to seek their fortunes. Courted long and hopelessly by young scientist, Ted Tice, she is to find that love brings passion, sorrow, betrayal and finally hope. The milder Grace seeks fulfilment in an apparently happy marriage. But as the decades pass and the characters weave in and out of each other's lives, love, death and two slow-burning secrets wait in ambush for them.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860491818
ISBN-10: 1860491812
Format: Paperback / softback
(199mm x 131mm x 23mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 5-Oct-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Transit Of Venus by Shirley Hazzard - Reviewed by (11 May 2011)

Shirley Hazzard’s novel, The Transit of Venus is beautifully written: the language was wonderful, very descriptive. There were some excellent scenes. The characters, however, leave a lot to be desired. They all seemed to be either nasty or weak, or sometimes both. There wasn’t anyone there to really love or believe in. For lovers of language, this would be a satisfactory experience, but if you value the story as much as the language, you might be disappointed. I got to the last paragraph and was completely confused, having dismissed an earlier vital clue as an extraneous detail. I had to go online to read some discussion groups before I had figured it out. I’m not sure the reading experience, the quality of the writing, was worth the effort for the final outcome. I found it heavy going. I’ll hesitate before devoting time to another Shirley Hazzard book.


Author Biography - Shirley Hazzard

Shirley Hazzard was born in Sydney in 1931. She has worked in Hong Kong, then New Zealand in the High Commissioner's Office. In 1951 she moved to New York where she worked for the United Nations. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy Award and the O. Henry Short Story Award.

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