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Friday, 18 October 2013

Natasha Solomons - The Gallery of Vanished Husbands

We had a fabulour event with Natasha last week at Westbourne Library, where she talked eloquently about her inspiration for Juliet. If you can catch her anywhere else she is an engaging speaker and well worth making the effort to see.
Here is my review.

Once again I sit in awe at the quality of Natasha's writing.This is a clever book in that Juliet is clearly beautiful to be immortalised by so many artists but the story is told in such a way that we the readers never resent her, in fact we too become fascinated by her.
The book also highlights an interesting part of Jewish life, that of the abandoned wife who is a sort of non person in the ultra conservative Jewish community in which she resides.
However it is the character of Juliet who absorbs us and the fascinating life that she creates for herself. The descriptions are bliss and you can just see and smell and feel yourself within her work. When you put the book aside it is like waking from a dream so immersed in it are you.
There is much for a reading group to get their teeth into, Juliet's life is so rich and interesting. I won't say too much as I want you to read it!