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The Vet's Daughter by Barbara Comyns
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Jul 21, 10

it was amazing
bookshelves: ooh-fantastical, favorites, read-in-2010
Read in July, 2010

This book pumps a person with longing—both abstract and specific. I long for the heath,for tendrils on my rose-pink countenance. I long for mildew in attic rooms. I long to float towards a ceiling. I long to be drawn across a frozen pond by some starry man-hunk (a sort of late-Victorian Ice Castles where the protagonist is blind on the inside. “We forgot about the flowers,” is right!). The details here are superb and the writing style, so much so I should probably give up the ghost. I love how withdrawn and matter-of-fact the protagonist is. Tragedy assaults her and quietly she accepts it; we watch it again and again. BEAUTIFUL. A new fave, even if the ending (SPOILER ALERT) is a cop out.
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Allison Floyd Yes, but do you long to see the Taj Mahal? To know, to really know, that the earth is round?


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