A fine and private place: a novel

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Viking Press, 1960 - Fiction - 272 pages
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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
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Fine writing and interesting characters. - Goodreads
beautifully written- great imagery - Goodreads
The plot wasn't strong. - Goodreads
An interesting premise but not carried out well. - Goodreads

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Alternated between a three star and four star rating for this one. It's Peter S. Beagle, so the prose is lyrical and of course there are delightful literary references. But, it's his first novel and ... Read full review

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An interesting idea about what happens after death. The ending was left a bit open regarding some of the characters. Read full review

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About the author (1960)

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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