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It took me a long time to read this slow, patient novel, but I'm very glad I took the time. An elegaic tribute to lost innocence and a deeply moving meditation on the ways in which adulthood both educates and diminishes our hearts, the novel tells the story of sixteen year old Portia Quayle, a shy and delicate girl who lodges with her well-do-brother Thomas and his wife Anna in Edwardian London following the death of her parents. As Portia falls in love with Anna's acquaintance Eddie and takes a trip to the seaside with family friends, the scales - one by one, with heartbreaking care and patience from Bowen - are removed from her eyes and adulthood, in all its selfish, messy and "mature" guises is revealed to her. The book would undoubtedly bore some, but give it time to sink into you and it will be worth it. A sad and beautiful novel.
This is the Harry Potter book that really gets interesting. It contains all the usual great aspects of the Harry Potter series, with all the action and the detailed images of the magic world. There's still the good versus evil plot, but this time around, it is even more obscure about who is good and who is really evil. Not only that, but you get the full-blown action sequences with the events of the tri-wizard tournament. This book begins with the Quidditch World Cup, which is our first introduction to foreign wizards, and continues to the tri-wizard tournamant, which involves wizards from other schools. The beginning was interesting, but I could have gone without the many pages devoted to play-by-plays of the Quidditch game. The rest of the book was terrific though. You never quite know what is happening until the very end. Who we think is evil is really good, and who we think is good is really evil. Even the small mystery about how Rita Skeeter is getting her stories ends with a surprising twist. This was an entertaining book and really makes you interested to see what will happen next in the series.