Miss Tamara, the Reader

Miss Tamara, the Reader

3.91 (46 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.91 (46 ratings by Goodreads)
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In this suite of eight stories, the three ages of woman-youth, midlife and senescence-engage in a complex and fruitful dance. A young Miss Tamara is lured by a series of postcards concealed in library books. A middle-aged Miss Tamara discovers that her new reading glasses turn the pages blank. An afternoon's reading is disturbed by the realization that all books have turned fatally toxic. A mysterious phone call leads to a book which blinds its readers but also to romance. Woven through these seemingly simple narratives are deep themes of youth and aging, memory and loss, solitude and companionship, and the relationship between the physical and the mental life. Above all this is a book about reading: its pleasures, rituals, essential preciousness. Reading as an obsession which can not only isolate, but also lead to discovery and love.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 5mm | 104g
  • English
  • 4908793204
  • 9784908793202
  • 3,978,111

Review quote

Award-winning Serbian author Zivkovic explores the concepts that make up the building blocks of literature, reading and writing. ...eight interconnected vignettes focusing on how books, fruit and men play parts in the life of bibliophile Miss Tamara.-Publishers Weekly

...there's usually a strange premise in each piece that tends to be minutely bizarre that makes it inconspicuously believable but definitely tickling one's sense of wonder. What's interesting with this suite is that each story features what seems to be a parallel-world Miss Tamara as the events of the preceding piece has no bearing on the next... until we read the culminating story "Fruit Salad" wherein Zivkovic ties up the mosaic.-Charles Tan, Bibliophile Stalker
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46 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 30% (14)
4 37% (17)
3 28% (13)
2 2% (1)
1 2% (1)
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