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natsukashii... [Apr. 24th, 2010|04:00 pm]
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I was amused when I’d heard about the announcement of the Lost Booker Prize finalists for two reasons. First, the whole concept is rather cool. I’d heard of the Booker Prize (awarded annually for the best contemporary British novel), but the idea to award one of a bunch of books published in 1970 that had fallen into a gap of no consideration when the criteria changed is just neat. Second, that one of the finalists is a book by Mary Renault, Fire From Heaven. I remember discovering her in college and reading most of her historical novels (which my university library conveniently stocked). I didn’t care for Fire From Heaven in particular very much back then. Now I want to go back and reread it and see what my reaction would be now.

[User Picture]From: sara_tanaquil
2010-04-25 02:39 am (UTC)
Mary Renault! So much love. Fire From Heaven wasn't a top favorite, though I remember liking it (of the Alexander trilogy, I preferred The Persian Boy). I really need to reread Last of the Wine and The Mask of Apollo, though -- those were my endless re-reads back in the day.

Natsukashii, indeed!
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-04-26 05:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, I liked The Persian Boy the best from that trilogy. I remember The Mast of Apollo but can't remember The Last of the Wine....Gotta reread them all, it seems. XD;
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