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This Rough Magic [Mass Market Paperback]

Mary Stewart
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Nov. 4 2004

British actress Lucy Waring believes there is no finer place to be "at liberty" than the sun-drenched isle of Corfu, the alleged locale for Shakespeare's The Tempest. Even the suspicious actions of the handsome, arrogant son of a famous actor cannot dampen her enthusiasm for this wonderland in the Ionian Sea.

Then a human corpse is carried ashore on the incoming tide ...


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'Suspense and romance expertly mingled' -- Observer 'Keeps one awake through the long night's journey into day' -- Guardian 'A splendid book at any time' -- News of the World --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites Nov. 11 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Mary Stewart's trilogy of books set in Greece are some of her best, particularly in the description of the landscape and the understanding of the political undercurrents underpinning the action - in this case Cold War currency smuggling from Albania.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This Rough Magic IS Magic March 20 2012
By LadyJen
Format:Hardcover
Mary Stewart has been my favourite author since I was a teenager and this is my favourite of her many books. I lost my copy and needed to replace it. I wanted hardcover, in good condition and with the same dust jacket as the one I had. When I ordered the book from Amazon it seemed to have all these requirements and I was not disappointed. It arrived quickly and well wrapped and though the pages were a bit musty smelling they were in good shape. I am thrilled to have this book back in my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Magical Writing Sept. 15 2003
By Diana F. Von Behren - Published on Amazon.com
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As in other Mary Stewart classics, the action of "This Rough Magic" takes place in a mere matter of days. Lucy Waring, a twenty-something actress steps off the London stage and onto the idyllic Ionian island of Corfu. In a the course of a morning swim, paradise transforms to a place of sinister doings: someone shoots at a tamed dolphin, a young Greek drowns off the coast of Albania, and a smuggler washes up dead in a nearby cove. Stewart uses all her formidable skill, crafting a strong story that is both literary and fast moving. Told from Lucy's point-of-view, the reader's is kept as taut as a wire as the tension mounts not only while Lucy attempts to determine the identity of the wrongdoer and the reason for his misdemeanors but as she inadvertently puts herself in harm's way.

Playfully, Stewart pulls out all the stops, introducing one of her most cleverly contrived secondary characters, Sir Julian Gale, a Lawrence Olivier facsimile whose theory that the island setting of Shakespeare's "Tempest" and Corfu are one and the same adds much charm and ambiance to an already gloriously depicted exotic locale. Cleverer still, she employs the idea of the deus ex machina in a most enjoyable sequence, where the 'god' is a young Greek male and the 'machine', his improbable motorcycle.

As always, the Stewart heroine impeccably relates each event as it occurs with an astonishing literacy--the language employed borders on poetry; the reader actually smells every flower, is blinded by the lush colors of the foilage and stung by the salt of the Ionian Sea. In kind, Stewart characterizes her Greeks with an affectionate curiosity and love of the stranger; their traditions and rituals are reported with much respect and admiration.

As noted in some of my other reviews of Stewart's work, this author's masterly use of plot, character, language and style puts her in a genre all her own. She is quite definitely incomparable. 'This Rough Magic" is one of my favorite Stewart selections: one of a trio of novels set in Greece and the Greek Isles that uses the strained politics of the late 50s and early 60s as a backdrop to catapult a rather normal UK female protagonist into an abnormal situation where the British sense of responsibility is shown to positive advantage.

Recommended with the wish that all the Stewart suspense tales are reissued in trade paperback with Reader's Questions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant descriptive suspense and romance June 22 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
An out of work actress staying in Corfu with her rich pregnant sister becomes embroiled in a dangerous mystery after encountering a famous reclusive actor and his passionate son. Throw in a few murders and our heroine is out to determine the who and why. One of Ms Stewart's best novels, it is totally absorbing describing a country and lifestyle in such vivid detail, and impressing her characters with warmth, understanding and plenty of realism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Mary Stewart ever July 21 2002
By "undomiel" - Published on Amazon.com
This Rough Magic is one of those perfect books-it draws you on with suspense, involves you deeply with jewel-cut prose, and unlike most Stewart novels, is quite funny in spots. I love this book for its lightheartedness and its tragedy and its lovely romance, if that makes any sense. This is perfect romantic suspense, great for constant rereading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a wonderful piece of work Feb. 23 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
Mary Stewart is a great writer with spectacular talent! I have heard that this is not even yet her best yet and am quite excited to read more of her books. This is a fabulous story and I encourage you to read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars After reading this, I loved Mary Stewart! Oct. 27 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
I loved this book. It was given to me by my mother when I was 14. I had just discovered reading and would read any book I could get my hands on. I read this book in 3 days! After I began reading, I just couldn't stop. I love Mary Stewart and have read every one of her books!
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