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Posted September 19, 2002
Dreamlike and memorable
I loved this book. It reads like a dark, multi-faceted fairy tale but is nevertheless as compelling and evocative as one could possibly want. All the characters, whose individual and unique prose drives the story, are fascinating and beautifully flawed. Seemingly disparate, they are profoundly linked; the actions of one altering the fate of all. It all works marvelously, as I don¿t believe the author is attempting to create a perfect world of courtly life and pleasure but rather is set about dispelling the myth that within a world of privilege and excess, everything is far from perfect; a place where human frailty is all the more obvious and debilitating. I look forward to reading "Restoration" as this book has turned me into quite the Rose Tremain fan. "Music & Silence" is alive with atmosphere and detail and its poetic elan and haunting, lyric beauty will sweep you away. Highly recommended.
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