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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2005

    Andrew Miller is one of today's greatest writers

    This author seems to be under-valued and I don't understand why. His writing is exquisite to be sure, but does not call attention to itself. His characters emerge full-fleshed and his themes are well-woven and involving. There are two storylines in this novel, both concerning responsibility and personal redemption. The family relationships are true to life and deeply moving. I'm going to wait a year and re-read it. Now I'm on to his new book, 'The Optimists,' which has completely pulled me in. I'm taking my time with it--don't want to miss a thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    Among the best novels I've read this year

    This absorbing novel moves seamlessly between the five main characters -- Alice, the weak, vain mother who gains a measure of nobility with her death; Alec, her neurotic, intellectual younger son; Larry, her favored older son, whose potential has been eaten away by his experiences in America's entertainment industry; and Laszlo, the esteemed Hungarian emigree author who secretly feels his missed his one opportunity to make a real difference to the world and to his friends. The writing is first-class, with original thoughts couched in masterful prose.The symbolism is graceful and thought-provoking. The endings of the various stories, like the ending of Laszlo's play, are left up in the air. I was sorry to see the book end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2002

    Takes Time to Read

    It was a few months ago when, after reading the critical reviews of Andrew Miller's 'Oxygen', I was looking forward to laying my hand on the book and reading it. Being an avid reader by and large, I am still surprised with myself when I come to think that it took me more than three months to read up its 320 pages. Maybe it's my fault, I don't know . . . Despite the brilliance of style and the magical use of exqusite language by the author, I kept asking myself 'What is it all about?'. So, in case one is in a certain state of mind or interested to find out more about the terminal symptoms of cancer, here is the perfect read (do not take it with you on a summer holiday, though)

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