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The Transit of Venus

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Awards

Winner of the 1980 National Book Critics Circle Award

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The Transit of Venus tells the story of two orphan sisters, Caroline and Grace Bell, as they leave Australia to start a new life in post-war England. What happens to these young women — seduction and abandonment, marriage and widowhood, love and betrayal — becomes as moving and wonderful and yet as predestined as the transits of the planets themselves. Gorgeously written and intricately constructed, Hazzard's novel is a story of place: Sydney, London, New York, Stockholm; of time: from the fifties to the eighties; and above all, of women and men in their passage through the displacements and absurdities of modern life.

Review:

"Engrossing, masterly....Combines the satisfaction of a family saga... with a highly structured plot reminiscent of Greek tragedy." Gail Godwin, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A wonderfully mysterious book....Both plot and characters are many layered. Unforgettably rich." Anne Tyler, The New Republic

Review:

"Luminous....Almost without flaw. Aphoristic and iridescent, her language turns paragraphs into events." Webster Schott, The Washington Post Book World

Synopsis:

The Transit of Venus is considered Shirley Hazzard's most brilliant novel. It tells the story of two orphan sisters, Caroline and Grace Bell, as they leave Australia to start a new life in post-war England. What happens to these young women--seduction and abandonment, marriage and widowhood, love and betrayal--becomes as moving and wonderful and yet as predestined as the transits of the planets themselves. Gorgeously written and intricately constructed, Hazzard's novel is a story of place: Sydney, London, New York, Stockholm; of time: from the fifties to the eighties; and above all, of women and men in their passage through the displacements and absurdities of modern life.

About the Author

Born in Australia, Shirley Hazzard traveled the world during her early years, a result of her parents' diplomatic postings. In 1947, at the age of 16, she was engaged by British intelligence to monitor the civil war in China. In 1963, she married the writer Francis Steegmuller, who died in 1994. She has written several novels, two of which were National Book Award Finalists: The Bay of Noon (1971) and The Transit of Venus (1981, available from Penguin). She is also the author of two collections of short stories, and several works of nonfiction including the memoir Greene on Capri. Hazzard's most recent work, The Great Fire, won of the 2003 National Book Award for Fiction and the Miles Franklin Award. She now lives in New York, making frequent travels to Italy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140107470
Author:
Hazzard, Shirley
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Australia
Subject:
England
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Australians
Subject:
Sisters -- Australia -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Sisters -- Fiction.
Subject:
Australia Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
Nr. 7
Publication Date:
19900931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.72x5.12x.63 in. .52 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 352 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140107470 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Engrossing, masterly....Combines the satisfaction of a family saga... with a highly structured plot reminiscent of Greek tragedy."
"Review" by , "A wonderfully mysterious book....Both plot and characters are many layered. Unforgettably rich."
"Review" by , "Luminous....Almost without flaw. Aphoristic and iridescent, her language turns paragraphs into events."
"Synopsis" by ,
The Transit of Venus is considered Shirley Hazzard's most brilliant novel. It tells the story of two orphan sisters, Caroline and Grace Bell, as they leave Australia to start a new life in post-war England. What happens to these young women--seduction and abandonment, marriage and widowhood, love and betrayal--becomes as moving and wonderful and yet as predestined as the transits of the planets themselves. Gorgeously written and intricately constructed, Hazzard's novel is a story of place: Sydney, London, New York, Stockholm; of time: from the fifties to the eighties; and above all, of women and men in their passage through the displacements and absurdities of modern life.
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