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Posted March 6, 2001
A friend lent me this book because I am very interested in Isabella Gardner, particularly with respect to her relationship with Sargent. Unfortunately, Mr. Shand-Tucci's writing style makes this book unreadable. [All of the customer reviews I've seen on another site echo this opinion.]His incessant use of ridiculous punctuation and sentence structure, irrelevant distractions, and constant attempts to ascribe homosexuality to nearly every person and thing, is incredibly irritating. A typical sentence: A number of Hall's letters to her survive in her papers and his direct, no-nonsense requests for money for financial aid of all sorts, and Gardner's openhanded response, as well as her concerns for his health, and consequent invitations to rest up at her country estate, all argue for a close mutual understanding and sympathy- as, above all, does the fact - utterly overlooked and ignored until now - that this Oxford graduate's most widely read book of readings was dedicated to Isabella Gardner - a dedication as key to understanding Gardner's role in Boston as the many better-known dedications of literary and musical works to her of which so much is always made. .....Painful to type, and torturous to read for 300 pages. Which I quit doing after 150, and simply skimmed for references to Sargent. I learned how to write better than this in 8th grade. The most remarkable thing about this book is the fact that such a dreadful writer could even manage to get it into print.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.