Transit Of Venus Paperback – Oct 5 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Hazzard here tells of two sisters, Grace and Caroline Bell. Born in Australia and orphaned at an early age, the two make their way to England. There Grace opts for marriage and its securities; Caroline reaches for more and loves not always wisely but well. "A strong, deep, poetic, vibrant novel," lauded PW.
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'Shirley Hazzard. For me the greatest living writer on goodness and love ... THE TRANSIT OF VENUS, was described to me by a man who knows as "the greatest novel written in the past 100 years". Having read it, I can see his point. Shirley Hazzard, the quiet, playful, lovestruck artist of love, goodness and death in the 20th century. Bryan Appleyard A wonderfully mysterious book ... Both plot and characters are many layered. Unforgettably rich ANNE TYLER A dose of the sublime .. I read it with an almost indescribable pleasure. There were sentences that brought tears of gratification to my eyes NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW An almost perfect novel ... Miss Hazard writes as well as Stendhal NEW YORK TIMESSee all Product Description
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Reading Shirley Hazzard is like climbing a mountain, agonizing over the rocks and rarified air during the long, arduous uphill climb. Struggle is not the same as suffer. Most modern books are downhill sloped, where the reader floats or speeds effortlessly toward a simplistic conclusion. A Hazzard novel is more vertically inclined, where one needs to stop on occasion to catch a breath, and then, when the climax comes, you are on a mountaintop, not the valley floor. It is not a transit intended for aliterates, much less illiterates. Hazzard might not be the author for you if you don't know, and don't care about, the meaning of words like "impercipience" and "abnegation." Also, if you're less than thrilled with such lines as "Magnanimity shaped a sad and vast perspective," and "My task, as I see it, is to adumbrate the sources of his entelechy," then you might want to move along to another bookshelf.Read more ›
The characters in this novel continue to puzzle me several weeks after I finished the book. Caro's intelligence and poise are at odds with her almost lifelong passion for Paul. This is especially hard to understand when one reaches the end of the novel--when Caro learns several shocking secrets about Paul, she admits she suspected some of them, which makes her love for him even more inexplicable. Hazzard also badly neglects the character of Adam, Caro's eventual husband.
On the other hand Hazzard is right on target with Cora, the half-sister who raises Grace and Caro and never gets over the burden she was required to assume.Read more ›
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I agree with other reviewers that this is a wonderful novel, beautifully complex and full of humane wisdom. Read morePublished 7 months ago by a Canadian reader
As much as I liked "The Great Fire," I disliked "The Transit of Venus," and for the same reason. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Giusy Oddo
The reasons Shirley Hazzard's best-known novel doesn't succeed are not the same as readers fear when they start it. Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by Jay Dickson
Jane Austin without character. First the characters are very shallow and uninspired. Second the characters have no character. Read morePublished on May 12 2004
Shirley Hazzard obviously has great literary gifts, but I nevertheless regard this novel as a failure. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2004 by Leslie Ehrlich
Basically I liked TRANSIT OF VENUS. Ms Hazzard is adept at characterization, and there are many gems along the way about human psychology and relationships. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by John Green
I just finished the Transit of Venus and enjoyed it so much. As the other reviewers have noted, it does require you to pay close attention. But there is great reward in doing so. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2003
The Transit of Venus is the only novel I return to again and again through the years. When Shirley Hazzard writes the line, "Although the dissolution of love creates no... Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2002 by Dan Booth Cohen
How lucky, there are books for every taste. But some books are so overdone and pretentious, one must assume some of the more glowing reviews are sponsored by the friends of the... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2001