The Beginning of Spring

The Beginning of Spring

eBook - 1998
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Man Booker Prize Finalist: This marvelous novel about an abandoned husband, set in Moscow a century ago, is bristling with wry comedy (Newsday). Short-listed for the Booker Prize "Fitzgerald was the author of several slim, perfect novels. The Blue Flower and The Beginning of Spring both had me abuzz for days the first time I read them. She was curiously perfect." Teju Cole, author of Open City "Writing so precise and lilting it can make you shiver." Los Angeles Times March 1913. Moscow is stirring herself to meet the beginning of spring. English painter Frank Reid returns from work one night to find that his wife has gone away; no one knows where or why, or whether she'll ever come back. All Frank knows for sure is that he is now alone and must find someone to care for his three young children. Into Frank's life comes Lisa Ivanovna, a quiet, calming beauty from the country, untroubled to the point of seeming simple. But is she? And why has Frank's bookkeeper, Selwyn Crane, gone to such lengths to bring these two together? This new edition features an introduction by Andrew Miller, author of Pure, along with new cover art.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Mariner Books,, [1998]
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9780547524795
Characteristics: 1 online resource (192 pages)
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KarenCharMeck
Jun 07, 2017

I advise readers to take a review with a grain of salt if it was written by someone who admittedly did not read the book, such as the comment below.

This story is calm and enjoyable. It's 'excitement' is more subtle, with witty humor sprinkled throughout. It reads quickly, so it's a good weekend book. If you tend to enjoy historical fiction or want to give it a shot, this is a good book for you.

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muffinpopcorn
Apr 26, 2016

This book was recommended to me and had to get it by ILL . Was very boring and dry content . In fact I gave it 2 chapters , it did not pick up , read the last chapter , and came to the conclusion I was best off to have not read this book . In my opinion would definitely not recommend .

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uncommonreader
Apr 11, 2016

This is Fitzgerald's last (and favorite) novel, set in 1913 in Moscow. It tells the story of a family - Russian born British father owner of small printing firm, wife who leaves, and three children. One employee is a follower of Tolstoy. It has a gentle humour and the oldest child is well-done. However, one is always aware of Fitzgerald's meticulous research rather than the creation of a feeling of Russia before the Revolution.

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santiano9
Aug 28, 2014

Not sure where I heard of this account of a expat Englishman and family living in Russia just before the revolution, but glad I did. A glimpse into a world I am interested in and know next to nothing about. Everyday lives with enough of a story to keep things moving. A good read.

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