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The Great Fire Hardcover – 6 November 2003

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  • Publisher : Virago (6 November 2003)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1860498906
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1860498909
  • Dimensions : 0.25 x 0.25 x 0.25 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 140 ratings

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Shirley Hazzard. For me, the greatest living writer on goodness and love . . . THE GREAT FIRE so overwhelmed me that I came close to being unable to read the last three pages. If the last sentence doesn't make you gasp and weep, you are not fully conscious . . . Shirley Hazzard, the quiet, playful, lovestruck artist of love, goodness and death in the 20th century. ' Bryan Appleyard ('I wish there were a set of words like 'brilliant')

and 'dazzling (that we saved for only the rarest occasions, so that when I tell you THE GREAT FIRE is brilliant and dazzling you would know it is the absolute truth. This is a book that is worth a twenty-year wait.')

Ann Patchett, author of BEL CANTO ('Shirley Hazzard has written an hypnotic novel that unfolds like a dream: Japan, Southeast Asia, the end of one war and the beginning of another, the colonial order gone, and at the center of it all, a love story.')

Joan Didion ('Shirley Hazzard is, purely and simply, one of the greatest writers working in English today. Which makes me more than grateful to have this long-hoped for new novel.')

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A great writer's sweeping story of men and women struggling to reclaim their lives in the aftermath of world conflict.

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