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In Search of Love and Beauty

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  63 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The interior lives of three generations on a quest for love and beauty are explored. Louise strives to reclaim her youth, her daughter Marietta searches for beauty in lofty ideas and in her obsession for her son Mark, who believes love is to be found in the pursuit of money and young lovers.
Paperback, 252 pages
Published April 16th 1999 by Counterpoint (first published 1983)
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Apr 15, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it
The pacing of this book was kind of slow, but I enjoyed it. The characters were engaging and multi dimensional. I don't know if I'd go out of my way to find more books by the author, but I'm glad I read it.
Jun 08, 2011 David rated it liked it
Known for writing the screenplays for many Merchant Ivory flicks, this was my first stab at one of her books. At the time I was interested in Indian literature (Rushdie, Naipul, etc) but I found her style a little cold. The characters and story was interesting but did not rate with the others.
Nov 01, 2008 Ahf rated it liked it
beautiful character exploration, but the story had little movement and was ultimately disappointing. Is it that I'm just tired of dysfunctional family novels, no matter how well written?
20 pages in and i despise all the characters. i don't know that that is something i can get over.
Sep 18, 2008 Barbara rated it liked it
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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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