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THE MYSTERIES OF GLASS AUDIO CASSETTE Audio Cassette – 2004

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: CLIPPER AUDIO BOOKS (2004)
  • ASIN: B0057O0R34
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Barnes on 28 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
Sue Gee has created here a love story with true depth of feeling, displaying the sometimes darker side of country life in Victorian England. A melody of prose surrounds her central character, a young curate sent to assist an ailing vicar at a Herefordshire parish in the winter of 1860.

The young Richard Allen, still mourning his father's recent death, displays a genuine love for his God, his family whom he has left behind, the rural community he is to serve, and the countryside around his new basic and rustic home. However, all of his simple and profound ideals are challenged when he falls helplessly in love with a young married woman of important social standing. There is a wonderful purity and innocence to this love, and yet the young curate clearly also has a geniune talent for his vocation serving God... a very difficult predicament to be in and you can only feel sympathy for this young idealistic man.

The story is beautifully told; a compelling read. You cannot rush this book - you simply have to go with it at its own pace and I slowed my, usually quick, reading pace to appreciate this novel at its best. So much more than just another historical romance, I can recommended this novel highly.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar. 2005
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I loved this book! I found it a wonderful demonstration of how everyday events are by far the most magical. The main characters are intensely memorable in their conciousness of the relationship that is forming between them, against all proper codes of conduct in 19th Century Britain - it illustrates perfectly that we do not choose who we love.. There are some books I guard carefully and this will certainly be one of them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chaucer on 29 Mar. 2009
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This is a richly satisfying novel: complex characters, stunning prose, full of ideas and wonderfully shaped. Gee creates an intimate but claustrophobic world - in a remote parish in Hereford 1860 - that is also threatened by the advent of the railway and new ideas. She examines how stifling this word has been especially to women labouring under the heavy burdern of duty. The central characters battle to understand their faith and to resolve complex moral choices but because of the quality of the writing and the rich array of characters this is always totally engrossing. A must read - I couldn't recommend it more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By booksetc on 20 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
Because it is hauntingly, beautifully written, a story of forbidden love and Victorian hypocrisy. Sue Gee's descriptions of the passing seasons in a Herefordshire country parish are exquisite, and although I am far from being a religious person, I was moved by her description of the young curate's palpable love of God and his struggles when he finds himself overwhelmed by love for a married woman. Indeed, Sue Gee has the rare gift of writing movingly, sparely, without mawkishness or awkwardness about those difficult subjects ... love, God, and sex .
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Sue describes local characteristics of border life with charm and a careful eye. Her setting today is an unspoilt valley, yet her narrative transports you to the period of industrial and emotional change that it was in the 1860's. She has unexpectedly highlighted a rare anomaly in the modern world. Where once there was industry there is now tranquility and calm - a setting which has moved in reverse. This is a gentle read that soothes the soul, and reminds us that bereavement, escape and the anguishes of a divided heart are not unique to us, but are the subjects borne by generations that went before in an often troubled world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. KE Melia on 19 Oct. 2007
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This is the first book I had read by Sue Gee and it won't be the last. I loved it. From the first page I was hooked and everything was so beautifully described that I immediately felt that I had stepped into the time and place in which it is set. The relationship between the two main characters is built up beautifully. To be honest, rather that not being able to put it down I found myself reading it slowly, chapter by chapter, in order to enjoy it all the more. It stayed with me for ages afterwards.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Snow on 23 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is my fourth Sue Gee book and by far the best to date though I loved the others too! She writes with the bleakness of D.H.Lawrence at times. The love story also reminds me of 'Love for Lydia' by H.E.Bates, 'A Room with a View' by E.M.Forster and Ian McEwan's 'Chesil Beach'. I savoured every page because it was so beautifully written. The opening pages actually made me weep because the evocation of the winter scene was so movingly and yet sparely written. The reader can empathise with Richard Allen, the hero of the piece. You might expect a happy ending, a romantic ending or a tragic ending having followed the plot but the actual ending is different from any expectation. I love this book and highly recommend it to those who like a gentle and slow read rather than a fast-paced page-turner. Having said that, it is difficult to put down and I longed to read it each day. You would not think it was written by a living author but somebody from the 1800s! Simply beautiful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms Georgina L. Gowland on 2 Jun. 2007
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This is a lovely gentle book full of well drawn images of the countryside. The character of Richard is three dimensional and as the story progresses you share his struggle to do what is right. Enough said - don't want to give anything away.
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