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by Barbara Trapido

eBook Temples of Delight ePub
Author: Barbara Trapido
Language: English
ISBN: 0747594716
ISBN13: 978-0747594710
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2001)
Subcategory: No category
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 769
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ePub file: 1463 kb
Fb2 file: 1568 kb

There was a book called Great World Leaders, which ran through the whole yellowing ragbag from the Aga Khan and Chiang Kai-shek, to the Emperor of Ethiopia and Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands.

Temples of delight, . Temples of Delight, . There was a book called Great World Leaders, which ran through the whole yellowing ragbag from the Aga Khan and Chiang Kai-shek, to the Emperor of Ethiopia and Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands. The only qualification for inclusion, Alice considered, was that you had to have been dead for at least ten years.

However, I found more Caricatures than characters than i was prepared to accept

However, I found more Caricatures than characters than i was prepared to accept. Even so, it was a pleasant way to pass some idle hours.

After many years teaching, she became a full-time writer in 1970.

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Jem is a joyful mystery to Alice. She is something to give thanks for. And when she disappears from Alice's life, as suddenly as she entered it, a whirl of glamour, subversion and literary references, Alice is left bereft. But then she meets Giovanni, presumptuous and hectoring, passionate and beautiful, who leads her back to her childhood friend and the mystery and chaos still surrounding her. Alice finds herself being seduced all over agai. iction. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate

She lives in Oxford, England. Библиографические данные.

She lives in Oxford, England.

Temples of Delight book. This book was a very pleasant surprise. Alice misses her childhood friend, Jem, and survives some odd people and events before even coming close to finding her. On the surface, Alice's life is fairly normal, but coincidence and serendipity take over her story near the end of the book. It is hard to explain because it all seemed plausible while reading and now I just marvel about how very strange it all was.

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It's strange- I read this about 15 years ago and absolutely loved it. Was delighted to find that it was on Kindle. Re-reading it, I only enjoyed it moderately. There are some great descriptions of the family relationships. And some very humorous portraying of some truly appalling events. Alice is the much pampered and treasured only child of happily prosperous parents determined to give their daughter everything that she could possibly desire. Alice is quite lonely and delighted when she meets Jem, an odd and precocious girl, equally, who turns up in her form one day. For a couple of years Jem and Alice are "inseparable" and Alice is stunningly happy- listening to all kinds of views on life, love, sex, opera and catholicism from Jem, and devouring the stories Jem sets down in school exercise books. Then Jem disappears. Heartbroken, Alice continues school, goes to University, ends up as a very passive girlfriend to an enthusiastic English teacher who she really doesn't like at all, and then ends up in hospital and back at home, an even more passive player on the stage of her parents and their hopes for her. Then a whole lot of things happen quite quickly- including her discovery of a letter from Jem. Enter her Sarastro fantasy in the form of an Italian American who is publishing stories Jem wrote at school- under somebody else's name. And while in some ways this is where the story becomes more interesting, and where there are some spectacular observations of how people behave under stress, and more casual recounting of dreadful life events- somehow at the end of it I felt rather cheated and unconvinced that I had witnessed anything other than Alice being quite passive again.
Whatever
This is the first of her novels I've read, but it won't be the last. It starts as a delightful story, and then it rockets off in ways you will not see coming. And yet these strange and wonderful characters remain completely true. A romance in the truest sense of that word - albeit one written with much cleverer language than you would expect. I loved it.
Thohelm
I worked backwards, first reading The Travelling Hornplayer, before I read this. A measure of a good book for me is whether or not I think about the characters when I am not reading, and how much I enjoy them--for good or bad--when I am reading. It is delightful to finally see Alice get away from Roland "my poppet" Dent and head back to Jem. This is a book well worth reading! Go and find all of Trapido's books, you won't be sorry.
Haralem
My first book by Barbara trapido was "Brother of the more famous Jack", and I really enjoyed that, so I thought I would try "Temples of delight" which has been on my wish list for some time. However, I found more
Caricatures than characters than i was prepared to accept. Even so, it was a pleasant way to pass some idle hours.
Jorad
I didn't enjoy these characters as much as Brother of..." but still a good read
The Rollers of Vildar
Barbara Trapido is one of my favorite authors. I'm really happy to see that 2 decades after I started reading her work her novels are being republished in the US. Quirky characters & a rollicking rococo plot make this a really enjoyable, escapist read.
Phenade
A truly exceptional author. Should be better known in the U.S. than she is.
I confess that at the halfway point in this sometimes absorbing and certainly thought-provoking story, I was becoming rather angry at young Alice for being such a doormat, especially regarding men. She's very much the sort of person whom things happen to, rather than taking the lead in her own life. She seems to live in the objective tense. And the sudden advent of her neurotic personality has not very convincing roots. In fact, none of the characters are particularly likeable: Jem is certainly a tragic figure, but she's unreliable and mendacious and seems to make the worst of her life. Flora is also rather tragic, but she's a cold fish, ungrateful for Alice's friendship and self-absorbed. Roland is a polite bigot, unshakeable in his assumed superiority to practically everyone. Matthew is opportunistic and shallow. Giovanni is extremely demanding and manipulative, regardless of the fact that the author portrays him as being sincerely in love with Alice. Alice's parents -- possibly the least objectionable people in the book -- are nevertheless bigoted in their own way and assume that money can buy anything. Iona is the most annoying sort of ignorant adolescent and an intellectual thief as well. But despite all this, Trapido succeeds yet again in involving you in the story. I don't think this one is anything like as good as _Brother of the More Famous Jack_ or _The Travelling Hornplayer,_ but even so it's worth reading.
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