The Most Beautiful Book in the World : Eight Novellas, Paperback

The Most Beautiful Book in the World : Eight Novellas Paperback

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The eight novellas that comprise this book are short, with expertly drawn main characters that find happiness, or just miss out on finding happiness, in the most unlikeliest of places. Although the titles and the premise sound cheerful, I did not find the book so. It was quite depressing to read about people who learn what happiness is only to loose it, never achieve it, or be unable to enjoy it. So although the book is very well-written, I only gave it 3 1/2 stars due to my own emotional reaction to it.

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Eight short stories, each dealing with men and women in search of happiness. Eight interesting and different stories. Eight stories, that, although dealing with the concept of happiness, don't all have happy endings, but all end in the only way that's appropriate for their particular story.A wealthy woman who, having reinvented herself, comes across an old friend from the past.An author, receiving a hostile review of his latest book, receives a fan's letter.A woman who is discontented with life, marries a man who sees nothing but joy in life, and upon his death discovers an excitement in the preparation for an activity.An aging actor returns to a town where he had a mesmerizing evening with a mystery woman, seeking to find her.A group of female prisoners in the Gulag find a way to leave some interesting messages for their children.A man leaves his mistress, and in dire straits, she gives away the last gift he gave her.A woman calls the police because of a persistent intruder.A woman gets a new haircut which her husband finds attractive, and discovers a hidden secret.Delightful, thoughtful and provoking.

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5

Eight of the most wonderful stories I have read in a long time. Each a little different, but all concluding on a lovely, sometimes poignant note. I felt just like the woman on the cover as I read: up in the air, oblivious to everything except my reading.

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4

The eight stories in this collection, written in simple prose, are about women - women dealing with heartbreak, love affairs, death, dementia.Optimistic, profound, and a bit quirky, these stories are mostly from the perspective of women, but written by a man. Schmitt is a masterful storyteller.

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My favorite story in this collection was The Intruder, I did not figure it out until the end!

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