A fine and private place: a novel

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Viking Press, 1960 - Fiction - 272 pages
102 Reviews
Conversing in a mausoleum with the dead, an eccentric recluse is tugged back into the world by a pair of ghostly lovers bearing an extraordinary gift-the final chance for his own happiness. When challenged by a faithless wife and aided by a talking raven, the lives of the living and the dead may be renewed by courage and passion, but only if not belatedly. Told with an elegiac wisdom, this & delightful tale of magic and otherworldly love & is a timeless work of fantasy imbued with hope and wonder. After multiple printings since 1960, this newest edition will contain the author's recent revisions and will stand as the definitive version of an ageless classic.

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Beautiful storytelling. - Goodreads
The plot wasn't strong. - Goodreads
Fine writing and interesting characters. - Goodreads
beautifully written- great imagery - Goodreads
An interesting premise but not carried out well. - Goodreads
Needed more plot, less philosophizing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jaksen - Goodreads

Liked the book, but wish I'd liked it more. It's philosophy masquerading as story, a discussion of life and death, love and freedom, a dissection of the inner - vs. - the outer soul. I realize Beagle ... Read full review

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User Review  - Benjamin - Goodreads

Wow, this is an oldie. Written in 1960, a full eight years before The Last Unicorn, this is Peter Beagle's debut novel. It's a short, quiet, introspective little book about two ghosts, a man who lives ... Read full review


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PETER S. BEAGLE is one of the world's best-loved fantasy authors. His works include the novels "A Fine and Private Place" and "The Folk of the Air", as well as nonfiction books and the screenplay for the animated film version of J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit". He lives in Davis, California.

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