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Poet and Dancer

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Jhabvala, winner of the Booker Prize as well as an Academy Award for screenwriting, has written a haunting tale of the complex and perilous relations between two young cousins, Angel and Lara.  A masterful novel which explores the dangers of love and committment.
Paperback, 199 pages
Published July 1st 1994 by Anchor (first published February 1st 1993)
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Aug 22, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Another great library find!

This resonated with me on so many levels.
Aug 17, 2016 Pascale rated it it was amazing
One of the most haunting and frightening book I've ever read. Of all the literary genres, the novella is my favorite, and in this one, every word is strictly necessary, just as it should be. It is the story of 2 cousins, Angel and Lara, who belong to a moneyed Manhattan family. The shy one, Angel, wrote some poetry as a child, and ever since has been considered "a poet" by her relatives, although she is quite incapable of writing anything of significance. Similarly, Lara, who is very beautiful, ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's Poet and Dancer mesmerized me with its dangerous and elegant style about the start of two young girls who meet each other for the first time.

The theme of Poet and Dancer were the dangers of love because the story focused on two relationships that were complex and obsessive.

Jhabvala's style appeals very rich and elegant. I really liked her style as it gave off great details about the characters and place. The narrators voice to me sounded thoughtful and unique from other bo
Aug 01, 2009 Jayne rated it it was ok
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I was really excited at the beginning of this book; the idea of a poet and a dancer living in Manhatten was appealing. The characters also seemed very interesting, but somehow the story didn't keep my attention.
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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, CBE is a Booker prize-winning novelist, short story writer, and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. She is perhaps best known for her long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, made up of director James Ivory and the late producer Ismail Merchant. Their films won six Academy Awards.

She fled Cologne with her family in 1939 and lived through the London Blitz.
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