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Love In Idleness by Amanda Craig
Love In Idleness by Amanda Craig
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ivo Sponge is back!, 18 Jun 2004
If you haven't read A Vicious Circle then you probably won't understand the thrill of encountering this irresistibly awful man again. Anyway, he's back, large as life and twice as smarmy, only this time he is struggling with the cliche of being in love in Tuscany. The amazing thing is that Craig makes him more and more sympathetic while never losing sight of his untrustworthiness. The story is great fun - as other reviewers have said, it's a modern version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, but for any other fans of the Falstaffian rogue, don't hesitate.
Fires in the Dark by Louise Doughty
Fires in the Dark by Louise Doughty
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!, 3 July 2003
I bought it after a read about it in the Guardian, comparing it to Dostoevsky...it's wonderful to find someone living writing about big, tragic things instead of small, trivial ones. The first chapter isn't so great, but after that it really gets going. The way Yenko's starving mother begs for her child, the way his father stands up to prejudice against Gypsies, their suffering and death in the Nazi camps made me want to cry. When Yenko gets away and murders the old couple it was horrible but just the way I imagine anyone would behave after going through all that. I thought this a fantastic book, the best I've read this year besides Rose Tremain's The Colour.