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5.0 out of 5 stars
A modern Jane Austen, 4 Nov. 2004
I was put off this book by the Amazon reviewer who described it as 'Anglican' and for those with a 'sweet tooth'. Then a clever and highly cultivated friend, who loves jane Austen and George Eliot, and thinks Salley Vickers is on a par with them, forced me to read it. I came to the conclusion that your reviewer had not read the book - or only very superficially.
It's very clever, very sharp and utterly unsentimental. In addition, it is courageous and radical in its conception but also in it's subtle metaphysical overtones. I had not read Salley Vickers before and was thrilled to be introduced to her. But Amazon would never have sold her to me. Believe me, she's a one off, entirely original, thougthful, funny, sharp-witted, generous but certain never whimsical. In fact, all her books are deeper, more philosophical and better written than any recent Booker prize winner. But they need to be read with an open mind.