- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Headline Review; New edition (7 Oct. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747262586
- ISBN-13: 978-0747262589
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 616,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Christmas Tree Paperback – 7 Oct 1999
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It is difficult to convey the marvellous quality of this book. Constance Keating is a major fictional portrait, her death finally noble (Martyn Goff Daily Telegraph)
The ending brings more than a lump to the throat. It is magnificent (Daily Express)
She is a skilful writer, using short flashbacks... in such a way that each page widens the picture. You start with a solitary woman, dying alone; you finish with a past, a history, great tenderness and no sentimentality (Caroline Moorhead Spectator)
A most distinguished novel (Irish Press)
One of the great Jennifer Johnston's most critically acclaimed and moving novelsSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The story is told from several viewpoints in different timeframes, using flashbacks. Although this style has the potential to be confusing, it is handled in a very natural and easy-to-read way. Whilst the ending of the book is unsurprising in its nature, the presentation and perspective are unexpected and refreshing.
For me personally, I do not think that I came to like the central character, but I could see the world very clearly through her eyes.