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Vita - The Life of Vita Sackville-West by Victoria Glendinning
Vita - The Life of Vita Sackville-West by Victoria Glendinning
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I've really enjoyed reading "The life of Vita Sackville-West" by Victoria Glendinning. I've found this is one of the most readable, definitive biographies I've ever read for a long time.

Ms. Glendinning had carried out through research of Vita Sackville-West, who was an aristocrat, poet, novelist, broadcaster, and genius gardener, who designed Sissinghurst Castle and Garden with her husband, Harold Nicholson. She includes the background stories of her famous novels, e.g. Edwardians, All Passion Spent, Family House, Challenge, and the people, e.g. Virginia Woolf, Violet Kepper, James Lees-Milne, 2nd Lord Aberconway of Bodnant, who influenced her life as a poet, novelist, and… Read more
The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"The orphan master's son" was one of the most intriguing and remarkable biographical novels I've ever read over the years. Adam Johnson used various characters including polical leaders of North Korea, Sun Moon (the internationally known actress), and American officers, and Japanese people who had been kidnapped by the North Korean officers. The real life based story illustrates everyday life in North Korea, for instance, the loudspeaker run by the state, is the main communication that the ordinally people get the information from, and there are a series of state approved news in regard to the politics and life of Sun Moon and her families. The story is full of mystery and perplexties. It's… Read more
Robert Browning: A Life After Death by Pamela Neville-Sington
Robert Browning: A Life After Death by Pamela Neville-Sington
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling biography, 28 May 2013
This is a highly readable and compelling biography of Robert Browning starting from the death of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in 1861. It charts how Browning slowly rebuilt his own career and wrote later masterpieces such as The Ring and the Book, and at long last received critical and public recognition. On the other hand his desire to be true to Elizabeth's memory made it difficult for him to form new relationships with women. Another constant worry for Browning was the upbringing of their only son, Pen. The author makes judicious use of quotations from the poems and from contemporary correspondence.