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4.0 out of 5 stars Muted but engaging., 22 Aug 2014
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This review is from: The Vet's Daughter: A Virago Modern Classic (VMC) (Paperback)
This is my first acquaintance with Barbara Comyns. This novel seems to be generally regarded as one of her best. It is agreeable and possessed of a strong sense of time and place. In a way I think this is both the book’s strength and its weakness. By contemporary standards the writing and the events described seem rather muted.

If Barbara Comyns reminds me of anyone it is Barbara Pym, wonderful at her best but variable in standard. Here we find the same delight in particularities, but also a fresh dimension, which dominates the second half of Ms. Comyns’ novel. I find the treatment of levitation and its metaphorical or symbolic implications less successful than the observations on people, relationships and places which make up the earlier sections of the book.

When all is said and done, while I find the book not entirely satisfying, there is certainly sufficient of interest to prompt further incursions into the author’s writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book deserving of the label 'Modern Classic', 19 Aug 2013
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Barbara Comyns is an expectional writer, so why isn't she better known? If you haven't read this, you should. Then read her other novels. You're in for a treat.
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