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A GREAT READ
on 6 January 2013
This was chosen by my book club and I was not partcularly keen to read it. I have just finished it and I have to say that it is excellent, although I agree with the earlier reviewer that is is nothing like David Lodge. The book provides an view into the world of Oxford academia that is masterful in both its insight and its writing. The characters and events are beautifully developed and described. I laughted out loud at the description of High Table dinner.
Yes, it has a slow pace, but this enabled the author to develop his theme and characters. I loved the writing style and will no doubt read more of Jose Marias' novels. I thoroughly recommend this novel.