Have to admit that I found it somewhat tedious until about the last 100 pages. Still was mostly enjoyable; the dream sequences could have been shorter or not included as I didn't believe they added much to the story itself.
A literary page-turner with compelling characters and a very unusual story.
Ann Patchett is a compelling authoress
An early work by the author of the prize-winning Bel Canto. Patchett writes with grace, pathos and the ability to weave a compelling and unusual story. Sabine has spent a lifetime loving and assisting the great magician Parsifal. As a gay man Parsifal could only return the love as a friend; but, after his partner Phan dies, he marries Sabine to prove his strong commitment to their relationship. When Parsifal dies a few months later, Sabine discovers Parsifal's hidden past and soon finds herself taken in by his long forgotten family. The healing process for all of them begins during a cold and blustery Nebraska winter.
Big-hearted with just enough surprises.
To tls 505 - Sometimes Bibliocommons inserts a review of the audio book in the record for the book - obviously an error, but it happens fairly often. Karen Ziemba must be the reader of the audio book.
A rather strange book. Though it was interesting and kept me reading, there were parts I felt could have been shorter; such as long descriptions of the dreams. A good examination of definitions of family.
Ann Patchett's books are always wonderful, and this one is no exception. I simply could not put it down. The writing is so excellent, and the characters so finely dilineated, it is pure pleasure to experience.
What's with the Publishers Weekly review? Who's Karen Ziemba? And Parcifal doesn't die from AIDS and even if he did, that's such a non-issue in this book. The real issues in this story are about love and loss and discovery and learning how to move forward. It's an interesting book, well written and mysterious.
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