As much as I liked "The Great Fire," I disliked "The Transit of Venus," and for the same reason. Read morePublished 3 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 by "mcwelen"
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
Based on these recommendations, I selected "Transit of Venus" for my book club. Result: Everyone hated it. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2000 by Ingrid T