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The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier
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Oct 01, 2009

really liked it

I had always thought my favorite color was blue - it is so ubiquitous in my life - but had never thought of it as having a yin/yang ethos, a subtle light/dark tension that is simultaneously welcoming and warning. Chevalier explores this, and other dichotomies, in her novel The Virgin Blue.

Chevalier's first published novel is well written, with interesting fleshed-out characters. In some ways you can tell its a first novel (there's a sense of trying to look like she's not trying - not unexpected from an unproven writer) but the author's outstanding talent is clearly present and trumps any minor flaw. To me it is important to read this author, more than most, in sequence (first novel to most recent) because it reveals how she grows into her gift, each book's technical successes building upon the previous - there is a clear arrow pointing forward towards her next book, which will be her most amazing novel yet. This book so nearly hits the "greatness" mark that it was difficult not to award it the fifth star but I can't - I had too may little complaints to ignore, so piddling that I'm too embarrassed to list them.

I finished this book in two sittings, about 24 hours. Delightful and delicious, delectable, detailed and drawn with dexterity...

I adore this author. Read any of her books and you will be converted too.

This book deserves a screenplay. If no one is working on one, I will!

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