Holly (2 Kids and Tired)'s Reviews > The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72

The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock
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May 17, 2011

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Read from May 15 to 17, 2011

I'd never heard of Mary Delany before I read this book. Her mosaicks are beautiful and her story is compelling. The book is a combination biography and memoir. Molly Peacock weaves her own story in and among Mary Delany's and her observations are interesting and somewhat thought-provoking. This isn't a book to rush through but it was still too slow for me. It was also much more scholarly than I'd anticipated and at times almost reads like a textbook.

I had a really hard time getting into it. It fascinated me, it didn't resonate with me. I do think that The Paper Garden is one I could go back to at some point in my life and savor it then, as I can't now. Sometimes appreciation of a book is all about timing. Mine seems to be outside the norm, however, and many other reviews are glowing and very positive.


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