Published June 1, 2008
by Awa Press .
Written in English
|Contributions||Marilyn Head (Foreword)|
|The Physical Object|
|Number of Pages||128|
Shirley Hazzard's novel Transit of Venus tells a sweeping, decades-long tale of two Australian sisters and three men, with a dash of astronomy . The provocation in The Transit of Venus’s ending is a claim for this kind of attention, and a rebuke to those who turn to literature for mere entertainment, for the consolations of love stories and happy endings. Art is a serious business, the author seems to be saying, and serious attention must be paid. How she does it is through a huge but lightsome charity toward the people in the book, as short or long as they come. A species of hyper-smart romantic fiction is avoided by the insistence not only on Venus' transit but on the wisdom of love, especially as women know it yet cannot keep it. The transit of Venus, where Venus passes between the sun and another planet and is thus rendered visible in the sun’s shadow, is one of the rarest astrological phenomena, occurring about every years. It is also the title of Shirley Hazzard’s third and, by many accounts, greatest novel. At its heart, The Transit of Venus is a love story.
About The Transit of Venus. The masterpiece of Shirley Hazzard (), The Transit of Venus won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. The Transit of Venus is considered Shirley Hazzard’s most brilliant novel. It tells the story of two orphan sisters, Caroline and Grace Bell, as they leave Australia to start a new life in post-war England. The Transit Of Venus, poems by Susan Firer, The Backwaters Press, , $ Reviewed by Christina Zawadiwsky In her poem Thank You in the book of poems The Transit Of Venus (which is a rare event), Susan Firer writes "Thank you, photo, for not knowing me any better than I know myself," along with thank yous to waves, the artist Louis Sullivan 5/5(2).