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Juggling [Hardcover]

Barbara Trapido
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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28 July 1994
A sequel to "Temples of Delight", which was shortlisted for the "Sunday Express" Book of the Year Award. Pam is the adopted daughter of Christina's parents. They meet Peter and Jago and their paths converge, diverge and converge again in unexpected ways.


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  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd; First Edition edition (28 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241002184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241002186
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,778,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A brilliant book' Mary Wesley, Daily Mail 'She wraps up all the golden threads with dazzling wit ... Think Measure for Measure here and a touch of The Tempest there ... Trapido's pen drips with sensuousness and sexuality' The Times 'She is simply dynamite' Philip Hensher, Guardian 'A work of enormous charm, highly entertaining and told with a deft touch, which handles serious matters lightly and treats light ones with proper respect' Michael Dibdin, Independent on Sunday --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Barbara Trapido was born and educated in South Africa and came to London in 1963. She lives in Oxford. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lively, entertaining and inspired by Will! 30 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Juggling mixes family romance, with mix-ups in identity and different 'twinnings' of people! It uses carnivalesque and carnival through its presentation of the Halloween scene as well as Joe's passion for cookery. Juggling is used as a metaphor to describe the action within the book; it spins around, all has relation to one another and is representative of the lively protagonist 'Christina'. The narrative is hilarious with Christina as a child siding with Granny P against her father, Joe. Their arguments from pancakes to clothes are hilarious! Read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Juggling 28 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Further development of characters from Temples of Delight, with some interesting new ones interwoven, this book carries all the intrigue and wit of Trapido's other novels.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but rather complicated 13 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Far too many characters make this book pretty confusing at times, but the action is fast and fascinating. Great fun but unputdownable or you lose the plot!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All the Balls in the Air 3 Mar 2011
By Mrs. Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I'm not sure I am well read enough to get all the WS allusions but I enjoyed it none the less. What a merry go round of characters, it does take an alert mind to keep up. I am glad to see this book is re issued, mine is the older version from a charity shop, picked up as I loved Brother of the More Famous Jack and want to eventually read everything by Barbara Trapido. Christina and Pamela are a unlikely pair of siblings who meet another unlikely pair of young men, Jago and Peter. All connected by the friendships and passions of their parents - a motley crew who live life on the edge from time to time. Colourful, flamboyant attractive people who capture the imagination if not always the sympathy of the reader. I'm on the side of Granny P who was the most touching of them all. Really though it's all about the language and the writing, tip top prose and plot planning. Just a few too many actor in this 'play' perhaps, but generosity is an attractive virtue and Barbara Trapido is nothing if not lavish with her offerings. This kept me enraptured for days.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 16 Jun 2006
By ash - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have loved all of Trapidos books. When I saw this in the bookstore, I picked it up, reread Temple of Delight, and started in on this. Very disappointing. She makes the same mistakes many writers make when writing a sequel - too much summarizing and explaining plot points in the last book, too many loose ends tied up, too many coincidences.

If you want to read her work, go for Temples of Delight or Brother of the More Famous Jack. Those shine as her best. This one you can pass on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vastly underrated and remarkably clever 21 Feb 2007
By Daniel R. Bronson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was surprised and delighted by this novel. Somewhere along the way, you realize that Trapido is both satirizing and rendering homage to Shakespeare's comedies; in fact, she is writing one as she works her way through this novel.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light reading for academic types 9 April 2002
By frumiousb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Two sisters-- one natural, one adopted-- engage in a series of trials and love affairs that lead them from strange coincidences into the truth.
Light reading, but smart enough to feel like you aren't wasting your time. This is my first Trapido, and while I found her a talented writer, I didn't find anything really special about the book-- sort of a cut-rate Drabble or Murdoch. All the same, an entertaining enough read.
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