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If you could sum up The Beautiful Visit in three words, what would they be?
Well, first of all I refuse to "sum up" this book in three words. That really is ridiculous. Any work deserves more respect than that.
This is really what I call a "vertical" novel. There is relatively little horizontal or chronological "action" that propels the plot. It's not that kind of book. The development goes downwards, (or upwards, depending on your perspective) deeper into the people and places that inhabit the story. Think Graham Greene. Think Gaskell.
What did you like best about this story?
Howard is fantastic with character and place. I love her people. I care about them and even the enigmatic, keep me interested.
Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Well, she is, hands down, THE BEST. I would listen to anything she cared to read.
Any additional comments?
I don't think this is for everyone. Certainly not for those who must have something "happen" every moment. There are relatively few "dramatic" instances. Like Gaskell, she often examines quiet lives/
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is not for people who love action packed narrative, but if you enjoy deepening your knowledge and understanding of the human condition, come to this book. The narrator is The Best. No contest.
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What did you like best about The Beautiful Visit? What did you like least?
I liked best the sense of adventure at the start and the protagonist honesty, up to a point. I liked least the microscopic and cringe worthy self consciousness and the mostly dull story.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
If it started where it ended.
What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?
She kept interested and consistent throughout.
Do you think The Beautiful Visit needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No, most of the characters have been exhausted and a follow up book may do the same to the next lot of characters.
Any additional comments?
I was expecting a kind of Brideshead Revisited type story where the house and the characters would be strong and charismatic, with depth and make me care about what happened to them.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed The Beautiful Visit, Juliet Stevenson's impressive reading of the story, as well as her brilliant interpretation of the various voices.
The story is well crafted, the characters are believable and well developed and the story is beautifully written. I am not surprised it won an award!
This book would appeal to anyone who likes stories set in the early part of the last century, or who enjoys this author's other works.