Hazzard’s elegiac new novel, the first since her modern classic ”The Transit of Venus” in 1980, sails into port like a magnificent ship of fiction from another era: She writes in stately, compassionate sentences of things that matter, such as the triumph of love over loss, taking time to coax each character out of his or her hiding place of 20th-century unease. The fire the author has in mind is the blister of World War II, which leaves British war hero Aldred Leith adrift in 1948 Asia, losing himself in a study of occupied Japan. Hazzard gently, graciously contrasts Leith’s hesitant attraction to a much younger Australian girl with the fate of a fellow soldier, also broken by the destruction around him. The author convinces us that out of that world-changing fire, the age of anxiety was born.
The Great Fire Hazzard's elegiac new novel, the first since her modern classic ''The Transit of Venus'' in 1980, sails into port like a magnificent ship of fiction...The Great FireFictionShirley Hazzard Hazzard's elegiac new novel, the first since her modern classic ''The Transit of Venus'' in 1980, sails into port like a magnificent ship of fiction...2003-10-17Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Genre: Fiction; Author: Shirley Hazzard; Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Posted October 17 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Hillary Clinton quotes 'Hamilton,' slams Trump in rousing DNC speech
- Twitter reacts to Morgan Freeman-narrated Hillary Clinton doc
- 'The Voice': Bette Midler serving as mentor for Team Blake
- Shonda Rhimes on Hillary Clinton DNC film: 'I didn't have to add a plot twist!'
- Katy Perry performs 'Rise,' 'Roar' at DNC for Hillary Clinton
- Chloë Grace Moretz urges millennials to vote Hillary at DNC
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Donald Trump's proposed Muslim ban is 'tyranny'