Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Thirty-three Swoons

Thirty-three Swoons by Martha Cooley

I loved The Archivist (because or despite the fact that I am an archivist), so I was pleased to be able to review Cooley's second offering for Curled Up With A Good Book.

The novel is well-plotted, keeping readers interested as its stories unfold. A number of different themes thread through the novel--perfumerie, theatre, dreams--providing cohesion. Thirty-Three Swoons works as a novel precisely because of Cooley’s attention to detail. The accuracy with which Cooley is able to describe the art of perfume-making is evidence of the amount of research that went into this novel.

In Thirty-Three Swoons, Cooley has given readers a novel that is both similar to and different from her debut. A psychological novel that showcases Cooley’s understanding of the human condition, Thirty-Three Swoons seems to be a study in duality. The novel is both contemporary and historical. Multilayered, it reads as both a novel and a play.

Read my full review on here.

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