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Inamorata Hardcover – 1 Jan 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st edition (Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670032794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670032792
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 3 x 21.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,536,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x978bc00c) out of 5 stars 22 reviews
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9709730c) out of 5 stars A great book. 18 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Occasionally a book comes along that reinforces the reasons why, in an age of bad video games and worse reality TV, time spent reading fiction is still the most rewarding form of entertainment of all. The Inamorata is such a book.
Among the many positive aspects of the book are the incredible descriptive techniques that are as penetrating as I any I've read in a long time. Gangemi provides a perfectly seamless ride to his 1922 locales and once there, richly developed characters come alive. By the time this tight novel reaches its end you feel know each of them like an old friend. The subtle strengths of Mina Crawley echo throughout, as she confounds the men around her ( who are also each intriguing in their own right) in ways that will haunt you long after you put the book down.
There is not a wasted word in the novel. The clear, concise narrative moves the plot along at exactly the right pace while the reader subconsciously digests themes as diverse as a young man's coming of age, the complexities of familial relationships, and the ongoing battle between science and faith. Or it can just be thoroughly enjoyed as an old fashioned ghost story. Either way, this a terrific book, and one I recommend highly.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97369fcc) out of 5 stars 1920's Spiritualism 16 Feb. 2004
By S. J. Bernhardt - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is my first ever review of a book. I was moved to do it, as this is a special book. The dialog between the characters is clever and at times quite humorous. The author manages to keep you guessing throughout the book and leaves you wondering at the end if the psychic, Mina, is for real. I loved the characters and had a very difficult time putting the book down. I highly recommend the book for anyone who is looking for something out of the ordinary.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9729fee8) out of 5 stars A Classic Ghost Story 29 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This isn't an easy book to categorize. Superficially its plot sounds like a supernatural thriller: in the 1920s a young man with a scientific bent is engaged by "Popular Science" Magazine to debunk spiritualists--only to happen upon one that may very well be genuine. But the book quickly veers off in unexpected directions--love story, murder myster, historical roman a clef--that keep a reader off balance and make the book a constant wonder. Sexy, strange, and with an ending that defies easy interpretation, this is simply a terrific read.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9729fbdc) out of 5 stars A clever and fun debut 14 July 2004
By Larry - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It is the 1920s and the Scientific American Magazine is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who could prove themselves to be a real spiritualist. Many apply and only the most promising are investigated by the committee. One of the members of the committee is a promising graduate student, Martin Finch. His ingenuity has proved several of the most brilliant and famous spiritualists as frauds. He now is off to Philadelphia with the committee to evaluate the 'society psychic' Mina Crawley. Mina presents a unique problem to Martin. First, her seances appear authentic and quite difficult to prove as fake. The second and more important problem is that Martin is falling in love with her in spite of the fact that she is married.
INAMORATA is not a true mystery in the usual definition of the genre. No murders occur but the mystery lies in finding the proof that Mina is a fraud. The book is clever and quite a bit of fun. The historical era is very well depicted in this atmospheric novel filled with realistic characters. The length is perfect for the plot and the solution is both clever and satisfying. A recommended read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x970977c8) out of 5 stars It had great potential 5 Sept. 2005
By intanswer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book had such potential, but then fell flat. It was intriguing throughout, well written, wry, humorous, suspenseful. However, it failed to wrap up many of its details, and left you wondering why he had even introduced certain characters, themes, and details. I did learn a bit about the 20's in Philadelphia. With such good reads out there, this disappointed.
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