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Life Mask by Emma Donoghue
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May 19, 09



This novel is based on actual historical figures, and it’s set in England, around the time of the French Revolution. The protagonist is a sculptor, a rare occupation for women at that time, and there are rumors that she is a “Sapphist”. The novel is very well-written, but one does get frustrated with the slow pace at times. My feeling was that the author was being a little too scrupulous, making sure that everything jibed with the known facts. Only towards the end of the novel does her imagination carry her away, so it’s well worth persevering.
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