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ayse gilbert has commented on (6) products.

The Eustace Diamonds (Oxford World's Classics) by Anthony Trollope
The Eustace Diamonds (Oxford World's Classics)

ayse gilbert, February 28, 2014

you have always thought... Oh, I wish I had the time to read Trollope, but there are so many, and who knows where to start...Well,, start here. This book is a stand-alone story, and is perfectly delightful. Lizzie Eustace is not a nice lady, but really is just trying to get by in a male oriented world.She is another Becky Sharp; and if you like British Lit, you need to be familiar with these two ladies. Not a dull moment in this book, and then you can casually toss of that you have read Trollope.........
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The Abyssinian by Jean Christop Rufin
The Abyssinian

ayse gilbert, February 28, 2014

For historical fiction readers, this book is a must!! Very well written , researched, and paced, a wonderful love story, and a wild journey thru northern africa. If you like Far Pavilions, you will enjoy this as well. There is a second part, The Siege of Isfahan, also a fine book, but maybe not as exciting as this one.Lovely texture in the writing; have re-read this many times.
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Niccolo Rising (House of Niccolo) by Dorothy Dunnett
Niccolo Rising (House of Niccolo)

ayse gilbert, February 28, 2014

If you like Long, long, long, historical fiction well written, ornate, with lots of characters, this is for you. One of 7 in this series, this is a dark of winter read; figure on at least a month for all of them. Look at the maps and use them while reading, it does help. While I liked the Lymond series better, this is very good in its own right. Give it at least 100 pages, to get used to the way Dunnett writes.
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Crampton Hodnet by Barbara Pym
Crampton Hodnet

ayse gilbert, January 10, 2014

While all of Barbara Pym's books are a delightful read, this is one of the most humorous, and telling. No one escapes the lightly biting pen; Men are feckless( a common theme in most Pym books,) old ladies are tyrants, and young ones are single minded, and the middle age women make do, and observe. But everyone is portrayed in a sympathetic manner, despite their flaws. An early book, but one of her best.
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Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing

ayse gilbert, January 3, 2014

If you loved "please to the Table", Anya's amazing russian cookbook, you will... be very disappointed in this book. It is not a cookbook; there are only 9 recipes in the back, and nothing new from her other book. While the professional reviews of this book are incandescent with praise, I read them and thought; no, they did not read the whole book, just scanned it for bits of interest. There are a lot of charming and interesting passages, but on the whole, the book does not maintain interest; and could have really used a good editor. The title must be an in house joke; there is very little about cooking in the book, of any nature. What would have been better than this book, would have been to re-issue Please to the Table, with some of the information from this book included. Alas.
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