The Chimney Sweeper's Boy Hardcover – 1998
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Joyce Carol Oates "The New York Times Book Review" One of the finest practitioners of her craft in the English-speaking world. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
About the Author
Barbara Vine is the pen-name of Ruth Rendell. She has written fourteen novels using this pseudonym, including A Fatal Inversion and King Solomon's Carpet which both won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award. Ruth Rendell sits in the House of Lords as a Labour peer. She lives in Maida Vale, London.
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Top Customer Reviews
What distinguishes this author's mysteries from the rest out there is a depth in exploring what motivates people's behavior and acts, no matter whether these are acts of love and loyalty or hatered and shalowness.
In conclusion, I think that gay people will find this novel fairly transparent (the excerpt from Less Is More on the very first page is unfortunately too obvious), however incredibly insightful and true to life. Barbara Vine books always contain at least one gay character (sometimes gay and lesbian) and present gay people as human beings and not objects of ridicule or disgust. There is nothing "sensational" or "tabloid" in writing compassionately.
Most recent customer reviews
A disappointing Barbara Vine book is still quite an accomplishment. The characters in this one are very interesting, well-drawn and three-dimensional. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2001
I love Rendell/Vine books and this one was incredible! I couldn't wait to see how it ended..... and then it ended in a way that wasn't really appealing to me. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2000 by bostoni
This was my first Barbara Vine book, and I was disappointed. The plot unfolded painfully slowly, and I almost put it down. Read morePublished on July 12 2000
This was my first Barbara Vine book and I must admit that I hated the first 50 pages and almost put it down. I could not find one redeeming quality in any of the characters. Read morePublished on April 25 2000 by TheReader23
Vine's novels usually leave me breathless with admiration, but I found this positively tame compared to most of her earlier work. Read morePublished on April 15 2000 by finna
This was my first Barbara Vine book and I must admit that I hated the first 50 pages and almost put it down. I could not find one redeeming quality in any of the characters. Read morePublished on April 15 2000 by TheReader23
I am also a big fan of Barbara Vine. I loved both A Dark-Adapted Eye and A Fatal Inversion. I almost didn't finish this one, but ploughed through only out of a sense of loyalty... Read morePublished on March 31 2000 by A reader
I don't think this was a perfect novel -- but it was fascinating and very well written. I agree with previous reviewers that the was the plot was wrapped up was not completely... Read morePublished on March 29 2000
This was a really great mystery! I was absolutely hooked by page 5. I have not read a real page-turner in quite a long time. Read morePublished on March 24 2000 by Denise Martin