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vicki (skiourophile / bibliolathas)

You've identified two weaknesses of mine here, Danielle - I find books about religious questioning don't tend to make it onto my shelves, and I am sure I am missing out on a lot of good reads because of that. And, even more significantly, I love violet creams!

Simon T

I have read a novel by him! It was called High Brows, and I remember nothing at all about it.

Danielle

Mmmm. Violet creams! Who would have thought that flavors like violet and lavender could be so yummy?! Last summer when I was in San Francisco I had my first (hopefully there will be more....) rose geranium and chocolate lavender macarons at Miette! I will be going back when I am in SF in October. Ooops, sorry, that was a little digression! I don't really read a lot of religious-oriented books either to be honest. I am curious about religious sorts of books but I never seem to get around to picking them up. I did do a double take with this author, but I read somewhere that he pokes gentle fun at both Roman Catholicism and Episcopalians so I let it pass! :)

Danielle

Oh, don't you hate it when that happens? I'm always a little scared when I think I've read a book or owned one but have so little recollection of the book or author that I might as well assume not in either case. The sad thing is I can look at a list of books and not remember what something is about--though blogging has really helped my memory--or at least I can go back and read a post and get an idea of what a book was about! :)

Caroline

I don't know anyone who converted to Catholicism. I was born into a Catholic family as well and I think I can tell whether people come from Protestant or Catholic families but it doesn't mean anything to me anymore.

Stefanie

I have never heard of Marshall before. The descriptions sound interesting though. I don't imagine so very many accountants also being novelists. Maybe I am shortchanging accountants? That Kirkus Review bit seems to be all confused. A tour de force yet a slight tale? And the colloquialisms warning, that just says "stay away" to me. Do you think you will try and read it?

Danielle

Apparently a number of authors (like Evelyn Waugh) converted to Catholicism. I am not religious now--I spent nearly my whole school years going to Catholic school, but now I have too many issues with the way things are. I have an interest in it, but more from a literary or historical perspective--if that makes sense.

Danielle

Isn't that a weird little review? I wasn't quite sure whether it was meant to be complimentary or not! I had never heard of him either, but the spine just leapt out at me. I am curious about it--not least that I wonder how an accountant writes! I will likely flip through and read bits and pieces, but I probably (to be honest)won't get around to read it all.

Jeannie Gray

Thank you so much for writing about this book. I have been looking for it since I was 15 - more than 50 years. I borrowed it from a tiny library in the English seaside village where I was working for the summer in a holiday camp. I loved the book and have remembered its characters and their names ever since, but not its title, so it has been very hard to track down until now! For me at 15 it was a hilarious and very touching story, with what I felt to be very convincing young characters. At the risk of being disappointed, I will track down a second-hand copy and re-read! Thanks again - and it's good to have discovered your very interesting blog.

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