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Transit of Venus, the (1980) [Novel]
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The Transit of Venus is considered Shirley Hazzard's most brilliant novel. It tells the story of two orphan sisters, Caroline and Grace Bell, as they leave Australia to start a new life in post-war England. What happens to these young women—seduction and abandonment, marriage and widowhood, love and betrayal—becomes as moving and wonderful and yet as predestined as the transits of the planets themselves. Gorgeously written and intricately constructed, Hazzard's novel is a story of place: Sydney, London, New York, Stockholm; of time: from the fifties to the eighties; and above all, of women and men in their passage through the displacements and absurdities of modern life.

Original title: The Transit of Venus
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: Transit of Venus, the

Transit of Venus, the (1980)
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Language: English

  • "Engrossing, masterly. . . . Combines the satisfaction of a family saga . . . with a highly structured plot reminiscent of Greek tragedy." Gail Godwin, The New York Times Book Review
  • "A wonderfully mysterious book. . . . Both plot and characters are many layered. Unforgettably rich." Anne Tyler, The New Republic
  • "Luminous. . . . Almost without flaw. Aphoristic and iridescent, her language turns paragraphs into events." Webster Schott, The Washington Post Book World
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Transit of Venus, the (1980)

ISBN: 0140107479

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