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Ebook The Little Book (Bible Stories) by Selden Edwards read! Book Title: The Little Book (Bible Stories)
The author of the book: Selden Edwards
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 999 KB
Edition: Abacus
Date of issue: November 4th 2010
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I really wanted to give this book three stars but I just can't. To me it
seemed like a case of a wonderful idea, sort of Jack Finney Meets John
Irving, coming unfortunately to someone who just doesn't have the skill or
the ease to realize it effectively. The writing itself is perfectly sound
and literate, but for me the author didn't have the command to carry off his
ridiculously complicated structure - featuring multiple narrative lines,
multiple time periods, and constantly changing angles of view, some
observational and some speculative - and the language itself is almost
completely without charm or color, which considering that he's writing about
19th century Vienna, a place positively wallowing in both, is a significant
problem. (I gather the author worked on the book for forty years, so
perhaps it just got revised to death over the decades. There's something to
be said for knowing when you're done.) Edwards clearly loves both the place
and the period, and his research is meticulous, but unfortunately he's very
graceless about how he works it into his story, often putting it into some
of the most absurdly awkward dialogue I've ever read; this is the kind of
book where people say things that nowhere on Planet Earth have people ever
said - "for hundreds of years people have fought over this lovely fortress
city in the bend of the placid Danube." Please. As if Edwards senses what
the problem is, but hasn't an idea about how to fix it, his omniscient
narrator keeps reiterating how delightful and charming everyone is, but then
the characters actually start talking and it's like reading something
translated laboriously from the Czechoslovakian. I was intrigued enough
by the bones of the story to finish it, but I was very disappointed by it,
as one is when a potentially good read turns out not to be what you hoped.


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Ebook The Little Book (Bible Stories) read Online! Selden Edwards began writing The Little Book as a young English teacher in 1974, and continued to layer and refine the manuscript until its completion in 2007. It is his first novel. He spent his career as headmaster at several independent schools across the country, and for over forty years has been secretary of his Princeton class, where he also played basketball. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.


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