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The Trial of True Love
William Nicholson
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The Trial of True Love

3.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  72 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Bron is a thirty-year-old writer living in London, a seemingly incurable heartbreaker and dodger of commitment. He is fascinated by the symbolist artist Paul Marotte and has made the artist the center of a book he is writing about love at first sight. Bron goes to his friend’s country house to work in solitude but encounters the beautiful, enigmatic Flora. Suddenly the the ...more
Published June 12th 2007 by Anchor (first published 2005)
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Sep 25, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slightly surprising turn of events, but it is possible that I had hoped for that exact ending. Nicholson once again brings his talent of storytelling to the fore. And it is a topic we all desperately want to decipher.
Feb 18, 2015 Sandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Does love at first sight exist? Can men and women be friends? Is love possible without lust? If you know a painting is a fake, does it change how you feel about it? The title sums it up.
Andrew Sparke
Mar 08, 2014 Andrew Sparke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On my list of favourites. Wonderful story with much to say that's true about male emotions
Jun 07, 2013 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My wife put this book down after 35 pages, couldn't stand it. To my surprise, by page 35 I was getting into the book, enjoying the characters and the developing story line. It is full of interesting dialog, of questions about love and art, with more answers than questions. What is the right answer to the question being asked? There are many twists and turns, especially towards the end of the novel. I like, a lot, the this author puts a story together.
Derek Baldwin
An exploration of what "true love" means, drawing upon philosophy, art history (and fake art history), psychology, and so on. The characters seem a little too like the puppets of the author for this to really grab the reader at an emotional level, and the whole thing reminded me very strongly of The Magus (John Fowles). But it's a worthwhile read and to be applauded for trying to tackle such weighty issues.
Mar 29, 2012 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
I really liked this book. The characters were believable and the ending was great; it kept surprising me. It was about a man writing a book about whether it is possible to fall in love at first sight and whether true love is possible. It was quite philosophical and had lots of quotations, which I liked!
Enjoyed this one. Well written and amusing story of a middle class family loosing the plot...and maybe finding a way...

Must check out more books by William Nicholson
May 12, 2011 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, english
Really enjoyed the first half of the book. Weak movie-of-the-week ending.
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William Nicholson was born in 1948, and grew up in Sussex and Gloucestershire. His plays for television include Shadowlands and Life Story , both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award in their year; other award-winners were Sweet As You Are and The March . In 1
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