Magic Flutes [EPUB eBook]
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- 23 February 2011
- General fiction
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An excellent book that was difficult to put down and kept me up later than I meant to be.
Magic Flutes is a truly astounding book. As in all of Eva Ibbotson's work, the underlying theme of basic human goodness resonates throughout the novel. The story is intricate and detailed, and although the basic plot is romantic, its quality lifts this story far above a "romance." The central characters are beautifully drawn, the minor characters fully present, and the setting exquisitely presented. A young woman, the last remaining princess of the highest ranking family from the now-defunct Austrian Empire, faces the reality of life after WWI, when titles are officially abolished, and there is no longer money to support the trappings of royalty. She turns her back on her lineage and works as a drudge for a minor opera company. Her magnificent castle, rife with history, is bought by an English tycoon who wishes to lay it at the feet of the breathtakingly beautiful woman who stole and then broke his heart a decade earlier. Full of enchanting tidbits about life and culture in Vienna and Austria in the years following WWI, this charming story unfolds with fresh delights on every page. Read it--you'll love it.
Loved loved LOVED this one! Much better than "A Song for Summer". I'm worried about reading more Ibbotson books because they just CAN'T be better than this one.I fell in love with ALL of the characters--well, except for the wretchedly vain Nerine--but especially poor frazzled Witzler and his Rhinemaiden, dear and humble Martha Hodge, and the dashing Mr.Rochester/Captain von Trapp-like Guy Farne.All the characters were wonderful and memorable! I laughed and got misty-eyed all the way through! The plot was formulaic and you certainly knew how it was going to end chapter 5 onward, but it was still a delight!I especially LOVED the Austrian and Habsburg history tidbits, ALL of the scenes in the opera house, (especially Klasky with his Beethoven relic), and most of all the story of Guy's adoption by and devotion to Martha Hodge. So sweet!All in all, one of the most intelligent and darling love stories I've read in a long while. I'm probably going to have to buy this little treasure!
So sweet, so delightful. Eva Ibbotson's Viennese romances are all a treat, but this one really stands out. Hard to find, but worth the search.
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