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The World Before Her by Deborah Weisgall
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Jan 29, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2009

Serendipitously - as often happens with books, for instance, McCarthy's The Rpad and Craces The Pesthouse - this appeared at the same time as Kathryn Walker's A Stopover in Venice. Weisgall's imagining of Marian Evans' brief second marriage parallels a sculptor's marriage in the recent past. The scenes of George Eliot (as she is better known) are wel-researched and ring true; the scenes of Venice are tantalizing as well as accurate, and the story of Caroline Edgar Spingold, Weisgall's wholly fictional heroine is less insipid than Walker's book. Enjoyable on many levels - as historical fiction, "women's fiction," and as an evocation of Venice, this is a very good read.

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