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A Nervous Splendor by Frederic Morton
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Jun 04, 2012

it was amazing
Read in June, 2012

A total gem. Been on my shelf for years. I am so much in admiration of Frederic Morton - the breadth of his historical research, his vibrant imagination, and his bold wordsmithing. No doubt he took some liberties to bring the Vienna of Freud, Bruckner, Herzl, and the Habsburgs to life, but his touch is so assured I never doubted him. And while I expected a book about blossoming, what I got was a book more about tragedy and rot, something very poignant. I need to read its companion, Thunder at Twilight.
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Hilary Hicklin That's high praise. Is it a novel, or non-fiction?


Ilya non-fiction. but reads in places like fiction.

I am _so_excited_ you're reading Another Self. I LOVED that book. Are you enjoying?


Hilary Hicklin Yes! As usual loved the Mitford anecdote about Farve, and the chapter headed Theo was heartbreaking! He writes beautifully.


Hilary Hicklin PS. I have ordered A Nervous Splendour.


Ilya Hurrah!
what I remember from Lees-Milne: the story of quickly-lost love, and the fiasco of a vacation in Corsica. Amazing writer.


Hilary Hicklin What impressed me was his stoicism during the bombing in London.


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