The act of reading ... begins on a flat surface, counter or page, and then gets stirred and chopped and blended until what we make, in the end, is a dish, or story, all our own.
— Adam Gopnik
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July 16, 2013
Every Contact Leaves a Trace
Have you ever had the experience of finding it hard to decide whether you could say you liked a book or not? I went back and forth on this one. In the end, I'm leaning toward liking it. I certainly admired it.
But Elanor Dymott is a beautifully descriptive writer. You could read this book just for the way she imagines Alex's London apartment, or a train ride from London to Oxford on a frosty afternoon, or for the scenes set in an Oxford college that has an old spiral staircase to the library, and ugly modern student blocks, and a lake, and cottages, and an orchard. Did you know Oxford had such a place? I didn't. :) I do hope there's another book by her, soon.
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