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Love of Stones by Tobias Hill

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
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
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The Love of Stones by Tobias Hill (2001)


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A journey through obssession, with interesting passages detailing what it's like in modern-day Turkey and Japan as well as 19th century Iraq and Victorian London. The main narrator's voice resembles William Gibson's in _Pattern Recognition_ - for her insightful take on the things that she sees in her travels. Loved the scenes featuring Queen Victoria! ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
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 |
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If there is such a thing as a poet's thriller, Tobias Hill's new novel, ''The Love of Stones,'' is that. Lapidary in both style and subject, the book follows the history of a spectacular medieval jewel and the people who are consumed by the desire to have it.
Tobias Hill successfully finesses the ending, where wish-fulfilment demands that Katharine should hold in her hand the jewel for which she has given up so much, while sophistication prefers a dilution of triumph. What is confounding about The Love of Stones is not the occasional failure but an almost continuous success. It may be that the book, like Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow, is as close to the apotheosis of a yarn as to a literary masterpiece, but it deserves the many readers it will win.
added by KayCliff | editObserver, Adam Mars-Jones (Jan 21, 2001)
Throughout the book, Hill relays the suspense of every meeting involving these ill-fated stones, and the filmic moment of disclosure - the box opening - is just as thrilling each time. But this paradoxically rambling and clean-cut novel would have benefited from fewer characters and less striving. For every successful character (such as Frau von Gott, the eccentric German collector and Sterne's mother figure), there is a superfluous one: the Dickensian sewer child, Martha, is a grubby-faced stereotype, a "please mister" delinquent whose dealings with the jewel seem little more than a closing device.
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Years before his murder on the Bridge of Montereau, Duke John the Fearless of Burgundy commissioned a jewel called the Three Brethren.
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.
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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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