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Human Voices by Penelope Fitzgerald
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Dec 13, 2008

Read in December, 2008

Highly recommended. Mostly a farce about the BBC during the second World War, you know, Britain's finest hour, people saying witty things as bombs rain down on London, but you must read the book carefully, or else you will miss many things; and there were several passages, especially toward the end, when I found myself doing that most horrendous of activities, tearing up in public, as I finished the final paragraphs on the subway.

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Ruth This is one of my favorite books by Penelope Fitzgerald. I haven't read it for awhile but I remember being struck by her evocation of the grim, semi-starved life of Londoners during the blitz. I've read a fair amount about that period but her book gave such vividness, paradoxically, to what seems to have been a perpetually gray and damp time.

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