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The Transit of Venus Caro gallant and adventurous is one of two Australian sisters who have come to post war England to seek their fortunes Courted long and hopelessly by young scientist Ted Tice she is to find that l

  • Title: The Transit of Venus
  • Author: Shirley Hazzard
  • ISBN: 9781860491818
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Transit of Venus By Shirley Hazzard, Caro, gallant and adventurous, is one of two Australian sisters who have come to post war England to seek their fortunes Courted long and hopelessly by young scientist, Ted Tice, she is to find that love brings passion, sorrow, betrayal and finally hope The milder Grace seeks fulfilment in an apparently happy marriage But as the decades pass and the characters weave inCaro, gallant and adventurous, is one of two Australian sisters who have come to post war England to seek their fortunes Courted long and hopelessly by young scientist, Ted Tice, she is to find that love brings passion, sorrow, betrayal and finally hope The milder Grace seeks fulfilment in an apparently happy marriage But as the decades pass and the characters weave in and out of each other s lives, love, death and two slow burning secrets wait in ambush for them.
    Watch the Transit of Mercury What s Up NASA JPL Edu Nov , The sky will put on a stellar show on Nov , , as Mercury crosses in front of the Sun Transits of Mercury only happen about times per century, so it s a rare event you won t want to miss WARNING Looking at the Sun directly or through Transit Definition of Transit by Merriam Webster transit noun conveyance of persons or things from one place to another an act, process, or instance of passing through or over change, transition. Transit Definition of Transit at Dictionary the passage or conveyance of goods or people as modifier a transit visa a change or transition a route astronomy the passage of a celestial body or satellite across the face of a relatively larger body The Transit of Mercury, th November Naked Eye At the moment of mid transit in , Mercury is positioned about arcminutes or . away from its ascending node, the planet passing through the node at UT Transit definition of transit by The Free Dictionary transit The moving of persons or goods from one place to another The process or an instance of passing from one form, state, or stage to another Transit of Mercury A transit of Mercury across the Sun takes place when the planet Mercury passes directly between the Sun and a superior planet, becoming visible against and hence obscuring a small portion of the solar disk During a transit, Mercury appears as a tiny black dot moving across the disk of the Sun. Transit of Venus The transit is a member of and the transit is a member of The transit is a member of and so on However, the ascending node December transits of the orbit of Venus moves backwards after each years so the transit of is the last member of

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    1. This is one of the most perfectly constructed novels that I ve ever read Twice in the opening pages, there are simple sentences that foreshadow all that comes after All is not revealed until much later, and until that time, you will worry those apparent loose ends as you would an irritating pebble in your shoe, but never fear, Hazzard knows precisely what she s about And the end, ah, the end Against all the evidence, even this view spoiler For the last time,Caroline Vail lay in a bed alone hide [...]

    2. I ve dithered for weeks over my rating for this one and finally settled on the five star it was amazing category because yes, it was amazing But I m not sure if I actually liked it It has to be said that I read it under pressure, which is criminal for a Shirley Hazzard Fine for a plot led thriller where the only point of interest is how it ends, but a novel by Ms Hazzard should be enjoyed at leisure You should luxuriate in that exquisitely fine language, linger over the cadence of the sentences [...]

    3. Shirley Hazard is without question a first rate wordsmith she can write beautiful sentences and string them together into an exhilarating music She does it consistently But she seems incapable of writing a truly first rate novel The Great Fire nearly made it but failed ultimately for me because of Hazard s obfuscating and belittling worship of romantic love The central relationship in that novel was a fairy story Hazard is at her best when her characters are figuratively standing beneath a windo [...]

    4. I don t even know how I felt about this book Even as I type this I have no idea how I m going to rate it At times I thought the writing was brilliant and amazing, and other times I thought it was pretentious and overwrought No doubt about it, Hazzard s writing is downright beautiful She s a writer s writer cerebral, structured, and deliberate I got the sense the entire time that she was standing over her perfect sentences and elaborate prose with a self satisfied smirk Yes, ok, you can write, Sh [...]

    5. 4 and 1 2 stars, though it is amazing.An ambitious novel, well conceived and well executed I loved the well placed foreshadowing especially one in the beginning that haunts the rest of the book and the jolts that occur with the fruition of what you might ve thought at first were mere throwaway lines There were times I felt disengaged, perhaps from the cleverness that at times took me out of the story my fault, than a fault of the work, I m sure.If I ever reread this, I think I d be even in awe [...]

    6. Some years ago I read a New Yorker story by Hazzard, In These Islands I read it a second time, then and there Turned back to the first page and read it again Then a third time There are expansive writers like the late DFW, Whitman, Henry Miller and there those who fuse language in a crucible Dickinson, Laura Riding, George Oppen poets often than novelists though McCarthy has gone from one to the other, from the expansive Sutree to the compression of The Road No one can capture a character in pa [...]

    7. I was caught by surprise by this book I heard about it from an interview with Ann Patchet I d read online I think it is one of the finest written novels I have ever read The night I finished the book, I opened it back up and started reading it again The second time through I was as engrossed actually than the first It was tough to get started, she doesn t build the characters traditionally You find out odd things about them that don t seem important until much later in the book I think if you c [...]

    8. I was torn as to how to rate Shirley Hazzard s Transit of Venus Hazzard is an enormously gifted writer But the novel itself had me asking the question, When does a great writer become a great artist It s a fine distinction that one doesn t come across often, since such things unfold on their own The discerning reader simply knows when they ve read a great piece of literature But Hazzard s own ambition here had me asking that very question In other words, one gets the sense that Hazzard, in The T [...]

    9. Read this book and you should read this book carefully You should read it carefully because it is packed with passages that you will want to read than once simply to savor their beauty e sky, on a shadeless day, suddenly lowered itself like an awning and passages that capture a character in a phrase Dora sat on a corner of the spread rug, longing to be assigned some task so she could resent it There are also passages you will read than once to be sure you understand them But it is a safe bet t [...]

    10. The subject here is love The contrast of its experience by two sisters First task is to acclimatise one to the elegiac nature of the prose which seems to be affectionately recalling past eras when great writing was often lyrical and atmospheric, the opposite of forensic However soon, Hazzard s sentences begin to beguile They re like things seen by the light of candles, radiant with strange outlying shadows Soon one also begins to admire the architecture of the novel, how early motifs constantly [...]

    11. Brilliant, gorgeous, searing one of my new and rare gold standards.As others have noted, this is worth sticking with I actually tried the first few chapters last year and wasn t caught by them, but had no trouble this time And there comes a point in the latter third that s a bit of a slog The reward of Hazzard s prose throughout, though, is worth it her descriptions and observations are amazing, so smart and perfectly, often devastatingly, wrought It s no mean feat to be able to pull readers int [...]

    12. Shirley Hazzard has a very distinctive and somewhat difficult prose style Often you have to read her sentences twice to get the full meaning and richness But once you become accustomed to her quirky sentence structures she is an absolute joy to read I can t recall the last novel I read with so many brilliant insights into love and female feeling.It s essentially the story of two sisters and their amorous lives Caro is the adventurous and unconventional sister And ostensibly it s she who will su [...]

    13. An incredible book Charlotte Wood s discussion says it all eloquently than I ever could sydneyreviewofbooks trans

    14. I could appreciate the intelligent writing in this novel certainly Ms Hazzard is quite cerebral And there were some great points of memorable language and insight But for me, this is not the brilliant novel that others seem to think it is One of my problems was the characters either they were a little obtuse as to make me wonder at their actions based on the way the author had drawn them, or they were so obvious they got boring the self satisfied, philandering husband, the long suffering wife, t [...]

    15. La storia dell osservazione del transito di Venere negli anni 60 del diciottesimo secolo una storia incredibilmente affascinante di per s non solo un pretesto per un intreccio la storia ricalca lo spostamento degli astronomi e dei punti di osservazione negli spostamenti dei personaggi , ma il vero tessuto di questo romanzo, capace di arricchire sia l evento storico che la storia di finzione di significati tali da dare un ritratto distinto della natura umana secondo Shirley Hazzard Oltre alla str [...]

    16. Final review May 7th, 2008 Well, by the end, Hazzard won me over, as I got accustomed to her style This story of the two orphan Bell sisters, Caroline and Grace and their self martyring older half sister, Dora , spanning three decades and as many continents, starts out slowly but ultimately rewards the reader s patience Once you persevere beyond the first 50 pages or so, the story is never less than absorbing, and builds to a stunning climax Hazzard is not your typical narrator, and makes some u [...]

    17. The writing is technically brilliant but the author keeps the reader completely away from emotional connection of any kind to the characters There s this diamond like sheen of the 50 s to the 80 s, where we are supposed to root for the two sisters to succeed in a man s world and to allow them to disengage from sex and marriage as being the only thing in life to live for, and as lofty as those goals are in the world of a novel I would like to care about the characters as people rather than ideals [...]

    18. The writing in this book amazes me I am reading slowly and savoring it.Now I ve read three chapters of Part II The Contacts Some changes of scene, and the plots develop slowly.Tonight I finished the book, was gripped by the last Part Karen, you were right It all comes together at the end I found out how much I care about all these disparate persons except Dora.Can anyone tell me, what other Shirley Hazzard books should I read

    19. Hard to believe this was published in 1980 Sentence structure and language both formal and highly idiosyncratic which reminds me of Patrick White and D H Lawrence and other modernist writers than something written in the late C20th The richness of the language both beguiling yet forbidding, at times the sentences whilst beautifully puzzling also were so obtuse than i was unsure what was actually being written about Does this matter Perhaps not at times, perhaps it s good to be confused but ther [...]

    20. Like Marilynne Robinson s Housekeeping, I bought this on the basis of a Bryan Appleyard article where he mentioned Hazzard as one of his contenders for greatest living novelist in fact, he entertained the possibility that The Transit of Venus was the most perfect novel written in the past 100 years.I was less taken by this one than the Robinson Don t get me wrong, it s a seriously good novel lots of good characters, a great sense of time and place, a rich and engaging plot And occasionally it s [...]

    21. This is undoubtedly difficult to read, especially the first third of the novel I ve never consulted Merriam Webster so often However, the payoff is worth it this is the literary equivalent of The Sixth Sense After I d finished, I had to investigate passages I d previously read, searching for the clauses or seemingly irrelevant asides the author employs The last scene, in particular, was foreshadowed in what I consider to be a manner worthy of Nabokov If you don t pay attention, you will miss it [...]

    22. There seem to be two camps about this book People either love it or hate it I thought the author s use of language was generally too much She tones it down after the first 50 pages perhaps the effort of keeping up that flowery pace was too much for her too , so if you are one of those people who hate it, you might give it at least the first 60 pages to see how it goes I didn t care for the story and I felt that she handed me a lot of detail that I didn t need to accomplish the story This caused [...]

    23. Following a glowing endorsement by Jennifer Burne on Second Tuesday Bookclub this was added to my collection I have to just ask Jennifer whyI just cannot connect with this book, with the characters, with the obscure writing style I ve decided life is too short to spend finishing books I m not enjoying so this one is going to stay 3 4 read There were a few passages I really enjoyed but it comes down to the characters, to me they were lifeless and dead, just emotional not present The detailed desc [...]

    24. The scene from the first few pages is one that still has not left me, several years from first reading this novel It is perfectly written, bold, frightening I find it a maddening experience overall, intriguing, brutal in it s dissection of relationships and intimacy in a way that reminds me of d.h Lawrence s lady chatterly s lover The writing is often intoxicating, sometimes stiff and restrained I want to re read, expecting to find to love and hate, but I ll need to brace myself before diving b [...]

    25. This is too bleeping much Too confusing, the women are just too too and I don t know what the point of it is I supposed I would reread it if I were stuck somewhere without not so much as a cereal box to read I don t subscribe to being a martyr to a book I cannot imagine having an every day sort of conversation with the author Surely she must not speak as she writes I recommend skipping it and finding something truly enjoyable to read and report.

    26. My god I recall one vivid evening the summer before last when, mid sentence, I gasped aloud and clutched The Great Fire to my chest as if to keep what I had just read, and felt, to myself I finished The Transit of Venus in a similar welter of joy and pain This book carried me I think it is beautiful beyond my ability to tell you I mean, I m crying, right now, and I m shortly to shut this laptop, cross the room, and bury my face in my husband s neck.

    27. I wanted to like this than I did Hazzard s style made for a much opaque reading experience than in The Bay of Noon, which I had loved I felt as though I were watching the characters through a screen There were many lovely passages, but little that drew me in in the manner I was expecting.

    28. My favorite book ever My personal gold standard for fiction Each chapter a gem may have been a New Yorker short story Each sentence a marvel.

    29. I m sure I must be missing something something in my taste is lacking but I found this to be overwritten and annoying I couldn t get close to the characters except in brief, rare moments.

    30. First published in 1980, this is how it is described on the Virago website Caro, gallant and adventurous, is one of two Australian sisters who have come to post war England to seek their fortunes Courted long and hopelessly by young scientist, Ted Tice, she is to find that love brings passion, sorrow, betrayal and finally hope The milder Grace seeks fulfilment in an apparently happy marriage But as the decades pass and the characters weave in and out of each other s lives, love, death and two sl [...]

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