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The Great Fire


The Great Fire is Shirley Hazzard's first novel since The Transit of Venus, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1981. The ... Show synopsis

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  • A Manly Man? Jul 8, 2010
    by Beanie3

    The sweep of the story is breathtaking, a wonderful overview of the Second World War Asian theatre. The main character, a man, was unconvincing, however. He seemed to live for love, not competition with other men, as most men I know do. His career choices and frustrations were never touched on. It was all too obvious that the author was an Australian, critical of her own country, and looking for a refined older Englishman to rescue her adolescent Aussie girl.

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