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The Moonlit Garden by Corina Bomann
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The Moonlit Garden by Corina Bomann
"I found interesting the details about Indonesia and its culture and many of the plot points. However, much of the dialogue writing is mundane and the story is contrived.

When a stranger delivers an old violin to Lilly in her Berlin antiques shop an..." Read more of this review »
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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
"What an enjoyable read. Especially fascinating to me are the author's descriptions of the artistic and technical aspects of seventeenth century paintings and how a restorer/forger forges the original. Dominic Smith's prose is lyrical and beautiful..." Read more of this review »
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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
"This excellent novel took me somewhat by surprise. I was expecting to be interested in this tale of the art world, theft and possible forgery, Netherlands and the art of the 17th century, but instead I was captivated.

This is such a fascinating st..." Read more of this review »
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LaRose by Louise Erdrich
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The Brimstone Wedding by Barbara Vine
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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
"Sometimes I think the appreciation of a novel lies in its successful conclusion. This is how I felt as I wiped the tears from my eyes upon closing this book. It certainly is not that I did not enjoy reading it, but much of it was not remarkable of..." Read more of this review »
A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy
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The Mansion by William Faulkner
" The last sentence of this fine review is simply wonderful, and says it all. "
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W. Somerset Maugham
“Beauty is something wonderful and strange that the artist fashions out of the chaos of the world in the torment of his soul. And when he has made it, it is not given to all to know it. To recognize it you must repeat the adventure of the artist. It is a melody that he sings to you, and to hear it again in your own heart you want knowledge and sensitiveness and imagination.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

T.S. Eliot
“Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.”
T.S. Eliot

Barbara Pym
“Of course it's alright for librarians to smell of drink.”
Barbara Pym

Alice Munro
“In your life there are a few places, or maybe only the one place, where something happened, and then there are all the other places.”
Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness

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