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Zuleika Dobson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2001

    Zuleika and Mr. Beerbohm...a charming pair

    I¿m not ready to line up with the undergrads of Oxford to plunge into the depths of the Isis for love of her, but I can¿t deny that I¿m as fascinated as they by the conjuring Ms. Dobson. Max Beerbohm¿s delightfully sardonic ¿Zuleika Dobson,¿ the tale of a young magician¿s impact on the gowns of Oxford, was brought to my attention at a ¿Bad Girls of Literature¿ symposium in which I participated. As the instigator of the mass suicide of Oxford¿s youth, Zuleika qualifies as one of the bad girls¿but she is easily forgiven as her charm and beauty enraptures readers across the ocean and throughout time. Beerbohm¿s wit has never been sharper than in this novel. And, those who have visited the great University city will smile at Beerbohm¿s descriptions of it, knowing that little has changed since he wrote ¿Zuleika Dobson.¿ Beerbohm¿s novel is great fun, an enjoyable read for those who enjoy wit and droll prose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2000

    One of the best of the century

    I must take to task my predecessor, who challenges the worthiness of this book's placement among the best of the century, according to Modern Library. Not only does it belong on the list (unlike others, such as Darkness at Noon, which wasn't even originally published in English and was therefore inelligible by their own rules: ooops), but it should have been placed higher. Perhaps number # 8, the spot currently occupied by Darkness. This is a book that can be appreciated by anyone who has ever loved without feeling that love returned. It is a comedy, with little or no truth other than the emotions held within, shared, by both the book and the reader. This is not a book that is meant to be taken seriously, but the emotions it provokes and the thoughts it engenders ARE to be taken seriously. This is a great work of literature, a wonderfully heartbreaking story, and tremendously funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2000

    Overrated

    I picked up this book because it was on Modern Library's 100 best novels of the century. It is by far the worst of the 25 to 30 novles I have read from the list. Beerbohm a self-indulgent writer who writes a painfully boring book to read. The book could overcome its boring pace if Beerbohm knew how to write a book. Instead, Beerbohm, a master of one-liners, simply tries to compose as many of these as possible without regard for whether the whole of his work flows. If you want to read as many books on the Modern Library list of 100 hundred skip over this one until you absolutely have to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2000

    A jewel in the treasure chest of experience . . .

    The book was outstanding. A love smitten man falls deeply in love with a vain and egotistical woman. But love is not discried for these two - death is inherent. Supremely on the up-and-up, Mr. Beerbohm was 'the jewel in the treasure chest of exerience . . .'

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