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Love of Stones (original 2001; edition 2001)

by Tobias Hill

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Title:Love of Stones
Authors:Tobias Hill
Info:Faber & Faber (2001), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 396 pages
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The Love of Stones by Tobias Hill (2001)

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Couldn't get beyond 100 pages. Inge & Terri loved it ?? ( )
  Alinea | Jul 29, 2013 |
An interesting idea, but rather tediously delivered ( )
  Eyejaybee | May 14, 2013 |
"[The rivers:] shifted in their sleep..." (55)

"It was both a concept and a word of advice. It meant that anyone you meet may be the most important person in your life. Therefore, that every stranger should be treated as a friend,. Loved before it is too late. You never know (he said) in which night your ship is passing." (134)

"The feel of obsession: like a reservoir of love gone sour." (159)

"Instead he began to feel an impending doom, a sense of loss lone before he had lost anything." (221) ( )
  JennyArch | Apr 3, 2013 |
I really enjoyed the first 1/3 of the book, when the history and the story main protagonist (Katherine) intertwine. After that I found it too convoluted and to be quite honest one of the main plot elements just didn't make sense, then the last page which appears to contradict itself. ( )
  SpicyCat | Jan 2, 2013 |
I give it a three. It was plodding, but held my interest enough for me to finish. The author was adept at weaving the past and the present into twining storylines. A bit predictable (at least the ending), but still not at all a bad read. ( )
  maedb | Jul 2, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 057120998X, Paperback)

The Three Brethren, an ancient brooch of precious stones, is at the center of this intricate, episodic, multifaceted novel. In fact, the brooch is more interesting than the narrator, Katharine Sterne, whose obsession with its rubies, diamonds, and pearls takes her across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. As Katharine says, "My life is part of the story of the Three Brethren, not the other way around.... The Brethren has been the turning point of many lives, and mine is only one."

Each of the stones that comprise the brooch has its own cast of characters. The most interesting of these are the Levy brothers, two Iraqi Jews who make their way to London to create a crown for the coronation of Queen Victoria and are ultimately swindled out of the most precious of the Brethren's jewels. The book's chronology is difficult to follow, as Katharine's discoveries take her, and the reader, back and forth in time and place, from Istanbul in the 15th century to a Japanese fishing village 500 years later, where Katharine's love affair with the Brethren's last owner seems tacked on, like an afterthought. Still, this complex novel, written by a poet whose love of language shows through on every page, will appeal to those who share a fascination with precious minerals. --Jane Adams

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A saga spanning two continents and six centuries follows three people whose lives are connected by one precious gem, the Three Brethren.

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