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The gate of angels
Penelope Fitzgerald
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Set in the mannered quaintness of pre-WW I England, Fitzgerald's gently comedic novel was shortlisted for the 1990 Booker prize. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

British author Fitzgerald ( The Beginning of Spring , LJ 4/15/89) has concocted another deft comedy of manners, this time set in 1912 Cambridge. A bicycle accident brings about the unlikely pairing of Fred Fairly, a junior fellow of physics at St. Angelicus College, and the enigmatic Daisy Saunders, unfairly dismissed from her place as a nursing probationer. By pursuing his love for Daisy, Fred jeopardizes his career, since St. Angelicus fellows must be celibate. The subsequent investigation into the bicycle accident reveals Daisy's questionable background, and she and Fred are devastated. But the deliberately ambiguous ending seems to hold out a second chance for their happiness. Fitzgerald's elegant prose shines with intelligence and subtle wit as, within this framework, she uses physics as a starting point to examine the existence of both God and the atom. Her flair for well-drawn eccentric characters will appeal to fans of Muriel Spark and Barbara Pym.--Patricia Ross, Westerville P.L., Ohio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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