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nicole d has commented on (20) products.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

nicole d, January 30, 2013

A fascinating story written with exquisite historical detail. The story starts simply enough--a Dutchman in the 18th century sets off for a clerkship at a Dutch East India Company trading post in Japan in order to earn his fortune so he can marry the woman he loves. But he doesn't expect to encounter so much corruption that will test his morals, meet a beautiful Japanese midwife, befriend a cantankerous doctor, or parter with a friendly translator to expose an evil monk. This was the sort of novel that kept me surprised and completely engaged from start to finish. The story kept getting better as it went on and I didn't want it to come to an end.
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The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Angel's Game

nicole d, August 31, 2012

Engangingly written, and a mysterious, atmospheric, and beautiful story. Even better than the Shadow of the Wind!
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Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

nicole d, August 31, 2012

An interesting and enjoyable book. Being about the plague, you can guess going in that there are going to be a lot of deaths, but Brooks did a good job of demonstrating how the deaths affect the living. Some become religious zealots, some lose their religion, some turn to witchcraft, some become reclusive, some become more caring, etc. Given the fairly straightforward plot, the ending was surprising and had an interesting twist.
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Little Box of Horrors by Audrey Wood and Don Wood
Little Box of Horrors

nicole d, August 31, 2012

This was one of my favorites as a child, and I'm glad that it's still around today. The illustrations are beautiful, as is the story about a mouse who learns how pleasurable it is to share.
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Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman
Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World

nicole d, August 4, 2012

A really fascinating biographical study of Jane Austen that not only looks at her life on earth but her immortal life--how and why she has become over time one of the most beloved authors of all time. Very thoroughly researched but written in an engaging way so it's not overly academic or dry.
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