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  • ISBN-10: 1409009858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409009856
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful book 10 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
As with all of McGregor's work, her talent for observing the beautiful elements in life, is a skill not to be missed by any reader. McGregor writes this novel in a way that lets you into the world of the characters piece by piece, little by little, until the picture is complete. The title of this book is apt for McGregor's unique style: in a mirror we see reflected an image of ourselves in a detail and with a truth we cannot escape. There are not many writers who can recreate this truth with such ease, whilst telling a story too compelling to be missed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this girl! 26 July 2006
Format:Hardcover
As with all McGregor's books, she has a unique talent for holding the reader's attention as she cleverly reveals aspects of her characters and their intriguing lives page by page. Girl in the Green Glass Mirror is no exception.Do not miss this beautifully written book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant read !! 30 July 2006
Format:Paperback
Elizabeth Mcgregor has done it again for me with this enjoyable story with an interesting sub plot. If you want a good read, with believable characters, without getting lost in the prose, I urge you to buy this book, but you had better call in sick from work as you'll not be able to put it down .
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't read this, read Byatt 7 April 2006
Format:Paperback
This book wants to be A.S. Byatt's "Possession", but because McGregor has none of Byatt's brilliance, vision, expertise or originality, it doesn't come off. There are hints in the beginning at mystical coincidences which are clumsily and hurriedly explained at the catharsis, as if McGregor had forgotten about them, and the 'great revelation' is obvious very early on. McGregor tries hard to impart a sort of Victorian glamour to her characters - steeped in melancholy, they are all touched by madness or death - but she fails to convince that these are interesting people. She doesn't even manage to make the landscape resonate for me - again, not through want of trying. The description of Dadd's work is interesting, but not worth wading through the laboured plot for. Read or re-read "Possession" instead.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life imitates art imitates life 25 Feb 2006
By lisatheratgirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Oh, wow, I was impressed with this book. Two stories which turn out to be related, alternate. We open in a London insane asylum, 1844. In the middle of a scene remeniscent of the beginning of Amadeus, the artist Richard Dadd is painting the details of an insect's wing. Probably most Americans and people without an art history background have not heard of Dadd, but he was real and his work was fascinating. It's worth taking a look at some of his pictures on the web. He was put away for life after killing his father in the middle of a delusion (he was schizophrenic). Much of his best work was done while confined in mental hospitals. In present day London, art appraiser Catherine has been left by her husband Robert. In the course of her work, she meets John, who has a house full of art and collectibles and antiques. They begin a relationship that eventually leads back to Richard Dadd. The stories are well told, the descriptions are exquisite, and the author treats characters having major mental illnesses with sensitivity, although she also makes them realistic. One remarkable scene has Dadd being transferred from a hospital where he's been for 20 years to another institution outside London. It's his first time out and his first trip on a train. It's a Rip van Winkle kind of sensation; yet Dadd carefully notes every detail for future works because he knows he wont get the chance to see it again. This book is just so interesting and really a pleasure to read. I felt I learned quite a bit, and that's something for a novel. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading... 14 Sep 2006
By J. MacCabe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I had grabbed this book while passing thru a bookstore out of sheer desperation for something to read, and it has turned out to be a wonderful literary surprise. The author brings her characters to life, even the artist, Dadd, takes on a whole new meaning. I'm now anxious to learn more about him. But even more, I am looking forward to reading more of Elizabeth McGregor's books. She has an extraordinary talent in keeping readers interested, even as the story of both Dadd and the primary characters changes from one minute to the next.

I strongly recommend this for a really good read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Novel inspired by Art 30 Mar 2009
By Yolanda S. Bean - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a very interesting book. I just love books inspired by art. McGregor links her book with the artist Richard Dadd. And it has certainly inspired me to look up some of his other paintings beyond those mentioned in the book! Both his artwork and lifestory as they are presented here are absolutely fascinating! I even njoyed the rather horrific descriptions about Dadd's time in Bedlam as well. It is just such a riveting read, full of interesting details! And it has a fast pacing to it as well, All in all, a sad, but very good read. Its only real flaw lies with the characters... there is just something... missing... from them. I do like the rather mythical romance but none of the people (other than Dadd) really came to life. I am curious to read some of McGregor's other novels - she certainly seems to have unique plot lines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good 15 April 2008
By Heather L. Hurd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A great book by an author I knew nothing about previously. Wonderful characterization, beautiful descriptive detail, and a great story line. I loved the inclusion of some art historical elements as well.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Has promise, but misses the mark 16 Jun 2007
By Joni D. Myers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this for our bookclub. I am a fan of Richard Dadd and was looking forward to this book. I was disappointed, however. The characters are not particularly sympathetic and the two parts of the book (the ongoing romance between John and Catherine; Helen's sinking pathetically into serious mental illness; Catherine and Robert's peculiar breakup--intercut with the peeping into Richard Dadd's psyche) just didn't work really well as an integrated whole. The pace was a bit slow, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, though the ultimate payoff did not make it worthwhile. Not a terrible book by any means, but not very memorable. If you are interested in Dadd, by all means take a look.
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