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The transit of Venus - A novel by Shirley Hazzard

Shirley Hazzard
b. Jan. 30, 1931, Sydney, Australia
Australian-born American writer whose novels and short stories are acclaimed for both their literary refinement and their emotional complexity.
Hazzard's first collection of short stories, Cliffs of Fall (1963), won her immediate critical praise. Both The Evening of the Holiday (1966) and The Bay of Noon (1970), her first two novels, are elegiac love stories set in Italy (her adopted second home). A collection of character sketches, People in Glass Houses (1967), satirizes the intricate, idealistic world of the United Nations, where she worked from 1952 to 1962. Although Hazzard had long enjoyed critical favour and a modest loyal following, her reputation swelled with the publication of The Transit of Venus (1980), an award-winning novel of international scope and rich psychological texture. The book's omniscient narrative voice constitutes by most evaluations a stylistic tour de force. Hazzard also published nonfiction, notably Defeat of an Ideal: A Study of the Self-Destruction of the United Nations (1973) and Countenance of Truth: The United Nations and the Waldheim Case (1990). Hazzard is the author of Encyclopędia Britannica's article on Naples, Italy.
(Encyclopedia Britannica)

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Editorial Reviews - Book Description
The Transit of Venus is considered Shirley Hazzard's most brilliant novel. It 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 themselves.
Gorgeously written and intricately constructed, Hazzard's novel is a story of place: Sydney, London, New York, Stockholm; of time: from the fifties to the eighties; and above all, of women and men in their passage through the displacements and absurdities of modern life.
Paperback - 352 pages Reprint edition (January 31, 2000)
Penguin USA (Paper); ISBN: 0140107479 ;
Dimensions (in inches): 0.68 x 7.75 x 5.11

The Transit of the Tedious - Ein ganz andere Ansicht
How lucky, there are books for every taste. But some books are so overdone and pretentious, one must assume some of the more glowing reviews are sponsored by the friends of the writer or the publisher. Surely, without the motivation of a book club, most of us would put down this pinkie-in-the-air soap opera after the first chapter. It is not time well spent unless you are in jail and have read everything else six times.
Reviewer: A reader from Portola Valley,, CA United States, January 26, 2001


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© 3. April 2001  by Josef Gräf,   Venusdurchgang am 8. Juni 2004