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The Maytrees


It began when Lou Bigelow and Toby Maytree first met. He was back home in Provincetown after the war. Maytree first saw her on a bicycle. A red scarf ... Show synopsis

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Annie Dillard

by ebwhite on Nov 26, 2009

Dillard has been a favorite for many years. Often elusive and always challenging as a mystic should be, her writing provides moments of startling illumination, "candles struck momentarily in the dark" as Virginia Woolf stated. The Maytrees only adds to her oeuvre, a poetic tale of bonds, loss and overwhelming human passion to overcome individual obsessions with compassion and understanding.


Special taste

by Francesca on Feb 7, 2008

I think you must have to have a special taste in order to appreciate this, and I am lacking in that kind of insight. It is more myth than novel, more poetry than narrative. Its characters are stylized rather than naturalistic, and it reminded me of the morality plays I studied in English Lit. It is not at all like her only other novel, The Living, which was long and almost Victorian. The plot involves a love that transcends infidelity; the emotional environment tends to perhaps the 60's. If you are very into Annie Dillard, you might like it, but it is not your usual book

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