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Robin Barton-Smith has commented on (7) products.

Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
Death Comes to Pemberley

Robin Barton-Smith, January 30, 2012

Jane Austen and P.D. James together! Masterful! Having immersed myself in Austen's and James' books over the years, the melding of the two genres by P.D. James in Death Comes to Pemberly is deeply satisfying. And P. D. James is at her best not only plotting but also embedding little literary jewels in the text, such as weaving "pride and prejudice" and "sense and sensibility" into sentences. And her wit just shines through sentences like this one: "People should make up their minds whether to live or to die and do one or the other with the least inconvenience to others." So speaks Lady Catherine, the oh-so-sensitive dowager patroness and aunt to Darcy. James' usual detailed, intricate plot designed with Austen's characters is so well wrought that one would suspect that Austen whispered in her ear.
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Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
Death Comes to Pemberley

Robin Barton-Smith, January 30, 2012

Jane Austen and P.D. James together! Masterful! Having immersed myself in Austen's and James' books over the years, the melding of the two genres by P.D. James in Death Comes to Pemberly is deeply satisfying. And P. D. James is at her best not only plotting but also embedding little literary jewels in the text, such as weaving "pride and prejudice" and "sense and sensibility" into sentences. And her wit just shines through sentences like this one: "People should make up their minds whether to live or to die and do one or the other with the least inconvenience to others." So speaks Lady Catherine, the oh-so-sensitive dowager patroness and aunt to Darcy. James' usual detailed, intricate plot designed with Austen's characters is so well wrought that one would suspect that Austen whispered in her ear.
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The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
The Tiger's Wife

Robin Barton-Smith, January 1, 2012

Not all books challenge your world view and fascinate you simultaneously. This one did! And the fact that it was written by such a young woman is astounding. Images and ideas from this book haunt you long after you've read it.
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The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
The Hypnotist

Robin Barton-Smith, September 1, 2011

With parallel but intertwined plots, the Keplars (a pair of authors) kept me reading much too long after I should have been asleep and then kept me awake thinking about what I'd read. Another excellent book from the Swedes who seem to love police procedurals as much as the British and we Americans do.
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Reading My Father: A Memoir by Alexandra Styron
Reading My Father: A Memoir

Robin Barton-Smith, June 24, 2011

A favorite author, William Styron's always been an enigma. How illuminating to read his daughter's memoir about him and learn that he was as enigmatic to his family as he was to me! Alexandra is a superb writer whose prose enchants almost as much as the story of her father and mother and their fascinating collection of family and friends. Her perspective on living with a gifted but flawed genius whose mental condition ruled his family is both poignant and enlightening. I am now rereading Lie Down in Darkness from a whole new perspective.
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