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The Feast of Love


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Dina, November 24, 2007 (view all comments by Dina)
This is a wonderful book. Baxter takes us through the lives and loves of multiple characters, gradually tying their stories together as he goes.
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Deborah Fochler, September 30, 2007 (view all comments by Deborah Fochler)
I read this book several years ago and absolutely loved it. The stories are captivating and spellbinding and reinforces the belief we all need love. It is by far one of the best books of this decade - not year - but decade. This author is brilliant. Because the movie is coming out, I decided to reread the book - in my opinion the book is much better than the movie and I can not fathom how a director could do this book justice. Dont miss it.
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Mick, August 15, 2007 (view all comments by Mick)
This novel is a sheer pleasure to read. Baxter tells stories of love, love lost, love found and does it all beautifully. It's all as accessible as life (and love) itself. I love this book.
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S.Elliott, May 5, 2007 (view all comments by S.Elliott)
I very rarely read a book and marvel at how sensationally it was written. Where I read and my heart does this flip and I think, "My God, that is near perfect."

I read Feast of Love over the period of one day. I couldn't put it down and I kept interrupting my husband to read him pieces that made me want to laugh, cry, or ponder.

This is the best book I have read in years and it will remain on my list of all time best books I have EVER read. This was my first experience with Baxter and if all of his books are written with this much care and quality, I'll buy them all right now.
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Raphael Ezekiel, March 22, 2007 (view all comments by Raphael Ezekiel)
Charles Baxter has long been among my very favorite authors. I usually do not read novels by men, but he is a very different writer. He cares deeply for his characters and respects them. I read Feast of Love a few years ago, and re-read it a month ago, and then immediately began reading it aloud at night to my partner. I am stunned by how much I missed both the first and second time. I will have to re-read several times all the rest of his work; the wisdom and the craft are far greater than I can see when reading the first time. He is a joy. He is one of the two or three best novelists that I have read.
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Product Details

Baxter, Charles
Vintage Books USA
New York
Love stories
Community life
Ann Arbor
Literature-A to Z
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Trade paper
Vintage Contemporaries
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8.03x5.25x.74 in. .57 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375709104 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

If you have ever loved, buy this book! How's that for a strong recommendation? Charles Baxter is, in my opinion, one of the most under-appreciated contemporary American authors on the scene. He is remarkably talented. This novel, set in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is comprised of a collection of first person narratives. We hear the voices of Bradley, Chloé, Harry, and Diana, with a few others sprinkled in. You know the saying, "everybody has a story to tell." Baxter tells their stories, stories of love and loss and longing, through exquisite observations that capture profound, visceral human emotion and everyday sentiment. He conveys it in prose that is at once authentic and poetic. Each of the characters approaches life and love differently, and by the end of the book, we care about them all. Baxter gently nudges our guard down and allows us to feel without feeling manipulated. Such is the compassion good writing can render.

"Review" by , "Extraordinary....The Feast of Love is as precise, as empathetic, as luminous as any of Baxter's past work. It is also rich, juicy, laugh-out-loud funny and completely engrossing....As loose and supple as life itself."
"Review" by , "I had scarcely read twenty pages of Charles Baxter's superb new novel — a near perfect book, as deep as it is broad in its humaneness, comedy and wisdom — when I began to worry I couldn't do it justice in a review....If there is any justice, this new novel will win him the wider fame and readership he deserves."
"Review" by , "[A] buoyant, eloquent and touching narrative....Some magical things seem to happen...but the true magic in this luminous book is the seemingly effortless ebb and flow of the author's clear-sighted yet deeply poetic vision."
"Review" by , "[E]xtremely likable....[T]he Joycean monologue (spoken by Chloé) and graceful acknowledgement of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, with which Baxter ends this rueful tale of romantic folly, are the perfect touches."
"Review" by , "The best book I've read this year...A beautiful, sly, bawdly and wondrous conversation on love, on mistaken pairings and the happiness when they are set aright."
"Synopsis" by , In vignettes both comic and sexy, men and women speak of and desire the ideal mates who may be hiding in the unmapped sphere of possibilities in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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