Most helpful positive review
A fascinating love story against the background of the II World War.
on January 29, 2015
It's one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read. It captivated me since the beginning with the charm and the sofistication of the language, never becoming heavy. The images the writer uses to describe moods, feelings, situations, states of mind, settings are mesmerizing. I read it a second time just to savour the language without being rushed by the development of the plot. Shirley Hazzard's style, the way she writes, is absolutely unique, very original and poetical. The love story between a girl on the threshold of womanhood and a more mature man, who has just come out from the horrors of the II World War, is fascinating and intense. He seems to cleanse his soul from the evils he just witnessed by breathing the freshness and the innocence of this ethereal girl, whom she worships while waiting for the right time to fulfill their love. This beautiful delicate love seems to acquire even more meaning and intensity against the haunting, terrifying backgound of the war. These two lost human beings, filling each other's void and solitude, live on a different dimension, carving into the surrounding darkness a world of their own, only for their souls and their minds.