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Claire Marvel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012


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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2002

    Slightly Disappointing

    The book is very slow, yet the story sounded promising, so I continued. But I eventually was disappointed. Although books need not be full of action, love stories should at least describe emotions, something the author does not. Till the end I wanted to know the outcome but the story kept dragging on, so I started to skip a page, then pages, then chapters. Too bad, because the main character is a pleasingly sensitive and considerate man, rather a rarity in novels. And if for no other reason than that I would have liked the book to succeed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002


    Simply put 'Claire Marvel' is a triumph. A love story rendered in singing prose it is compelling and heartrending, exciting and true. 'There was before her and now there is after her,' it begins, ' and that is the difference in my life.' Two Harvard graduate students meet by chance on a rainy day. Claire offers Julian cover beneath her umbrella, a chance encounter which will forever change them both. They are very much alike these two, although each puzzles the other. They are drawn to one another, a love affair begins yet it is as if their bodies have connected but not their souls. After a time Claire asks Julian to join her in France but their idyll is short-lived. Upon returning to the United States she chooses to marry someone else. Nonetheless, the connection between Julian and Claire remains, a link that influences the future even after Julian, too, marries another. It is in the exploration of this abiding connectedness that the novel glows, contemplating what might have been, pondering deathless hope, and probing the impenetrable workings of the human heart. 'Claire Marvel' is an exemplary achievement. Read it and rejoice; read it and weep.

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