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The Complete Claudine: Claudine at School/Claudine&hellip by Colette
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I came across this collection by mistake, just recently. I was shocked that I had not read or even heard of it before. "The Complete Claudine" consists of four books. The first, "Claudine at School" was the first of Colette's novels and was an immediate success when released between 1900 and 1907. It is followed by "Claudine in Paris", "Claudine Married", and "Claudine and Annie". The books are semi-autobiographical and depict the life of a young girl (Claudine) through to adulthood. The first book shapes Claudine into a daring and sometimes naughty, sometimes mean, girl. A perfect start to a character that, as a reader, you grow to love for her sheer audacity. If you put the book/s… Read more
Just Like Beauty by Lisa Lerner
Just Like Beauty by Lisa Lerner
4.0 out of 5 stars A great first novel., 19 Aug 2005
I read a great review about this book in an American newspaper and was convinced that I should buy it. It is set in the future, in a society that is just kooky enough to seem simultaneously unrealistic and plausible. Edie Stein is participating in an annual "Feminine Woman of Conscience Pageant", a pageant that is so reputable that successful enrollment is seen as a high honor. It is no ordinary pageant though, to win you have to pass all sorts of strange tests. The pageant, in short, delivers as a winner any girl that can embody all the feminine qualities that would make her desirable to a man. Edie enters the pageant to make her mother happy and, although she doesn't admit it, she… Read more
Sacred Country by Rose Tremain
Sacred Country by Rose Tremain
82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great novel., 19 Aug 2005
I loved this novel. I haven't read it recently so some of the details are fuzzy but I do remember being amazed by the story and the author's writing style.
"Sacred Country" is about a young girl, Mary Ward, who, at the age of six, realizes that she should be boy. The book is a chronicle of her life from that point on. I found the detailed descriptions of the odd things that captured Mary's curiosity as a child (and as an adult, in a different way) intriguing. I won't lie, this is a very sad story at times, and is hard to read in some parts because of Mary's loneliness. The loneliness is never stated and packs a harder punch because of it. All in all, this book explained to me in… Read more

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