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The Cloister And The Hearth: Charles Reade [Jun. 22nd, 2018|12:41 pm]
Tony Grist
I love this book. Yes, it has flaws- but I'd rather call them quirks- and what novel of this scope and ambition is without them? It's enormous, it gives you a world, it has adventure, pathos, comedy, romance and ideas- and it's full of people you're happy to spend time with-  from a ribald Burgundian barmaid to a worldly-wise Renaissance Pope. 

And imagine my surprise and pleasure when Frodo Gerard  finally reaches Rome and there falls in with Fra Francesco Colonna- the renaissance polymath also known as Poliphilo, my namesake- and he turns out to be the most delightful person.

[User Picture]From: sylvanwitch
2018-06-22 12:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the review and recommendation! I hadn't heard of this novel, though I see through a little research that it's an important one, and I look forward to reading it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-06-22 02:41 pm (UTC)
I read it first as a child. I loved it then- but think much of it must have gone over my head because it's not a children's book.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-06-22 01:03 pm (UTC)
Well, how about that? Good old Poliphilo!

I just finished Shirley (which, sadly, descended into bathos at the end) and downloaded/started Cloister -- but had to close the "book" at the author's preface. I've read it before, but it was a long time ago, and for the most part only remember the "diable est mort" and "I have lost my marriage lines" quotations.

Kindle is a wonderful thing.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-06-22 02:43 pm (UTC)
You're not going to reread it?

There's so much in it I'd forgotten from my earlier reading.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2018-06-22 01:19 pm (UTC)
Kindle IS a wonderful thing - well, I have a Nook - but you know, there's something about holding a great big old novel in your hands, and the smell of the pages and all the people who have read it before you leaving their invisible imprint on the pages....sigh...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-06-22 02:46 pm (UTC)
I bought myself a hard copy in a charity shop. Reade was very popular in the early 20th century- so secondhand copies of his books aren't rare- or expensive

I've just bought a copy of his later novel Griffith Gaunt- which he considered his masterpiece.
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