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Bardot's Comet [Paperback]

Martina Nicolls

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Book Description

Aug. 1 2011
Bardot's Comet is a literary crime novel set in Australia in a period of intense social and scientific change: 1966-1969. Amid the rise of feminism and sexual liberation, the Vietnam War, the first man on the moon, the global debate on science versus religion, and the Murchison Comet, a father seeks to understand his daughter's brutal murder. Leonardo Bari changed his daughter's name to Prudence after her mother died, a month after her birth in 1924. This simple act haunts him as he questions its impact on her life. Does numerology form an integral part of the cosmic plan for one's life? Can changing a name alter one's destiny? Or is the Murchison Comet, which his daughter re-names "Bardot's Comet", the bringer of doom and death? Is destiny, Bardot's Comet, or Leonardo himself ultimately responsible for Prudence's shocking fate? Martina Nicolls grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, and currently resides in Canberra, the capital of Australia, where she is a humanitarian aid development evaluator and advisor for international governments on education, child labor, peace, science, community development, gender, and management. Ms. Nicolls is completing her fourth novel, about a female international development worker in Liberia.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing (Aug. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612045227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612045221
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and brilliant Feb. 25 2012
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I loved the author's first book, The Sudan Curse, but this, her third book, is purely fictional, and her best to date. It's about a famous mathematician's murder (the murder of Professor Prudence Bari) but it is so much more. It is again a psychology of characters, which is similar to her first book. The difference is that the murder is woven around many themes, such as science versus religion; female liberation versus traditional family values; and the personality of a woman raised by a sole parent - her father. I love the mix of themes and the way they are presented in the dialogue. It's the dialogue that I think Nicolls is best known for.

I also like the fact that it is set in the sixties and Nicolls is true to the period. Especially in her description of clothes, music, and films. My two favourite scenes are the lunar landing and the conversation about comets and dinosaur extinction. I also like the scenes when she is interviewed by a newspaper journalist and when she is doing an interview-style television program because in both we get to see the real nature of the main character, Prudence Bari.

It is even more beautifully written than her first two novels. I love her easy-to-read style, yet every page has some issue worth debating or thinking about. It certainly made me reflect on my attitudes and beliefs. It is exceptionally thought-provoking.

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