An exquiaite story, exquisitely told,
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This review is from: Girl At The Lion d'Or (Paperback)
Thisa is one of the most gripping and touching novels I have ever read. As a critic on the cover is cited as writing, 'Every mot is juste' The two ill-fated lovers, Anne and Hartmann are so beautifully drawn, are so perfect as characters with all their weaknesses and passions, that you really do feel for them. So set up was I with the quality of the writing that it took me twice as long to read as a novel of that length normally would - and every minute of that time was cherished. As you near the end, no obvious denouement is evident and indeed, the conclusion is desolate. My first thought was that it was a weak ending, but further thought led me to conclude that, in a rather Murdochian way, it was simply inevitable. I have only read one other of Faulks's works, 'Engleby', and while I did not care for it as a novel, even there the sense of a master-writer at work was apparent. I shall be reading more!