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Robert MacNeilIn this richly satisfying and utterly absorbing novel, Charlesworth achieves instant credibility with her command of detail and vivid evocations of place -- Marseilles, Paris, Meknes in Morocco and wartime Hamburg. I admired her economy of expression, for example, as the scared and travel-weary Ilse, waiting to be met at Marseilles's railway station, mingles in her thoughts both the guidebook she has absorbed and the current scene: "Greeks from Asia Minor had landed here twenty six centuries ago, dark men in galleys with long oars. Centuries passed. Another hour went by."
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