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Tea with the Black Dragon [Mass Market Paperback]

R.A. Macavoy
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Dec 1 1983
Martha Macnamara knows that her daughter Elizabeth is in trouble, she just doesn't know what kind. Mysterious phone calls from San Francisco at odd hours of the night are the only contact she has had with Elizabeth for years. Now, Elizabeth has sent her a plane ticket and reserved a room for her at San Francisco's most luxurious hotel. Yet she has not tried to contact Martha since she arrived, leaving her lonely, confused and a little bit worried. Into the story steps Mayland Long, a distinguished-looking and wealthy Chinese man who lives at the hotel and is drawn to Martha's good nature and ability to pinpoint the truth of a matter. Mayland and Martha become close in a short period of time and he promises to help her find Elizabeth, making small inroads in the mystery before Martha herself disappears. Now Mayland is struck by the realization, too late, that he is in love with Martha, and now he fears for her life. Determined to find her, he sets his prodigious philosopher's mind to work on the problem, embarking on a potentially dangerous adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic realism from before it was trendy May 20 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
R. A. MacAvoy has done something very rare and special in this book: written with wisdom, compassion and humor about people who are at once very ordinary and quite extraordinary. Martha is a woman in her middle years who moves through the world with freshness, originality, and a youthful spirit; her friend Mayland Long is incredibly ancient and yet has just been born. Together they struggle with a new, technical wizardry, foreign to them both. As in Peter Beagle's _A Fine and Private Place_, the mundane and the spiritual commingle in beautiful and unexpected ways. From the convolutions and paradoxes which are a part of all our lives, MacAvoy weaves a story which is on one level an exploration of what it means to be human, with human emotions and human responsibilities -- and on another level is simply a ripping good yarn. Whatever you look for in a book, you will find here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll love it! Sept. 4 1998
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I cannot start praising this book enough... It is one of my absolute favourite books! Although I read voraciously and my library has in excess of 10.000 books I always find time to read this one from time to time. I feel terrible that it is out of print; I wanted to give it as a gift and it really is not replaceable. This is a unique book and the dragon mentioned in the title a unique character. I'll not spoil it for you revealing anything more about the book - just place an order and hope Amazon can find the book for you. I only wish I could read this book for the first time again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an absolutely engrossing book June 19 1998
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Well, after seeing how the average rating of a book can be draggged down by one bad review, I decided I'd better do my part to bring it up again. There have been a very few books I've ever read that were just so engrossing that I began reading and didn't come up for air until I was done. I found the characters very engaging, and was very impressed with how well MacAvoy pulled off a book in a genre most people don't even know exist: magic realism. In this case, it's a fantasy that isn't set in a fantasy world. You don't see too many of those, let alone done so well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I want to teach this book Aug. 27 1999
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As a high school teacher searching for literature which will touch my students, I couldn't ask for more than TWABD. Ms. MacAvoy is a brilliant writer. Her characters are evocative, her writing is pellucid, her imagination is embracing and original. Surely this deserves "classic" status right beside Asimov, Bradley, Clarke, and Dick. So why is it out of print?
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By ancie
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I second all the comments, there is not much else to say except how lucky I was to find it. I too believe that this is a classic and its one of the books that I will always keep. I have reread it several times. It is certainly not one of the stock sword and sorcery sagas that give fantasy a poor reputation. Long may she write!
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