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This review is from: Madensky Square (Pan Heritage Classics Book 12) (Kindle Edition)
I fully agree with all the other reviewers: this book brings us a marvellous story marvellously told. The prose is elegant, sumptuous, appropriate for so good a tale.
Our narrator, Susanna, embroiders an intricate thread through the lives of countless and multifarious characters. Her personality, which emerges from her treatment of her neighbours, friends, acquaintances, enemies - and lover - embodies all the perfect traits: love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, fidelity, gentleness - and even self control.
I, too, finished the book in two and a half days. It's not one, I feel, to be read in a single sitting; the sequence of events is so rapid that you won't have time to fully savour one before the next drags your attention away. I found that a pause after each chapter gave time to catch up, to be not overwhelmed, to "take it all on board".
As another reviewer has pointed out, the ending is not "happily ever after". Not quite, but Susanna is wise enough to accept that a perfectly happy ending for others who she deeply loves can be good enough for her. Ibbotson has neatly woven all the loose threads of the narrative into a tidy closing, and you can put the book down knowing that Susanna, as all her friends, will be all right, and will have all she wants from life.
(Of the many reasons I love Kindle the ever present dictionary is among the most important. I love authors that use unusual words or usual words in an unusual context, words I thought I knew but... A quick-up look can add to one's appreciation of a word and understanding of a sentence or situation. And Ibbotson is one of these authors. I love the daily deal too; I'd have never known of Ibbotson otherwise. Thank you Kindle!)