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The Bay of Noon Paperback – 1 Oct 2003
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"Drawn so perfectly that it seems to breathe." --The New York Times Book Review
"Hazzard's prose is clean, witty, playful, and economical. It weaves an armchair traveler's dream landscape." --The New York Times
"Hazzard applies her intelligence to produce a shock of recognition in the reader. . .and she has succeeded brilliantly." --The New Yorker
About the Author
Born in Sydney, Australia, Shirley Hazzard (1931-2016) lived in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Italy, and the United States. She is the author of the acclaimed novel, The Transit of Venus (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award), as well as several other works of fiction, and most recently a memoir of Graham Greene, Green on Capri.
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First published in 1970, and shortlisted for the Booker Prize, this is an exquisitely written and intelligent novel and one I very much enjoyed reading. I do wish, however, that Shirley Hazzard had provided more flesh on the bones of her main characters by delving a little deeper into their motivations and telling us a little more about their past lives and also more about what happened to them once they had gone their separate ways - these were interesting characters that I would have appreciated knowing further. That said, the author writes beautifully and pictorially of Naples and her wonderful descriptions drew me right into her story of tangled emotions and of the different shades of love and friendship. This is another of those books that I have had on one of my bookshelves for some time and somehow never got around to reading, and having read and enjoyed this book has made me keen to find my copy of Shirley Hazzard's:The Great Fire and I look forward to reading and reviewing that also in the not too distant future.
In the Bay of Noon, the plot is simple, barely there - a friendship of circumstance, an obscure romance, hints of betrayal - but the plot is a vehicle for precise and insightful consideration of what lies within. Shirley Hazzard knocks spots off the Anita Brookners of this world. Read this and enjoy - may it never go out of print.
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