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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,983 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shirley Hazzard Narrator: Virginia Leishman Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This mesmerizing, poetic novel won the 2003 National Book Award for fiction and has earned universal acclaim. Set against the beautiful but tragic landscape of post-World War II Asia, The Great Fire tells a sweeping tale of the search for new beginnings in a world ravaged by tragedy.

Thirty-two-year-old war hero Aldred Leith is in Japan to survey the Hiroshima devastation. His close friend and fellow veteran Peter Exley prosecutes Japanese war criminals in Hong Kong. Striving to rebuild lives shattered by war, both men reach critical turning points. Leith falls in love with a precocious and charming 17-year-old girl, while Exley faces a decision that will forever alter his path.

Author Shirley Hazzard's first novel in more than 20 years, The Great Fire is an elegant and beautifully crafted story that resonates long past the final word. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Seth | 2/20/2014

    " The writing is a little difficult to understand. Also, I find the spelling of words to seem off, and I am not sure whether it is because they use British spelling or because of editing errors. The book is interesting and I can understand the main ideas. The end of the book is kind of vague in that the story kind of just stops, without really telling us how things get resolved, or even if ever they do get resolved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sean | 2/19/2014

    " Absolutely glorious. It also features one of the most lyrical final lines in fiction. Don't read that final line first though, as it gives away too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Denis | 2/12/2014

    " As beautiful as the painting that is used to illustrate the cover. Hazzard's writing is mesmerizing, and for that alone she totally deserved her prize. Such writing is pure art, it's literature at its best. The story happens to be as compelling and powerful, in a classic way that brings us back to a certain kind of Anglo-saxon tradition of story-telling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lesley Knight | 2/2/2014

    " Read for my book group. Dense, at times difficult to follow, beautiful language. "

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