Thursday, June 9, 2011
Madensky Square - A year in the Life
Title: Madensky Square
By: Eva Ibbotson
Eva Ibbottson was known to me only as an author of children's books. After her recent death I decided to try some of her books for adults. Madensky Square has the same charm as her fanciful books for young people.
Madensky Square takes place in pre-World War I Vienna. The Square is not only home to Susanna Weber, proprietor of her own dressmaking shop, but it becomes a character among the cast of characters who live and work there. There are other shopkeepers, the member of the boys' choir of the local church, the family with six young girls, a young musical prodigy, and the women who buy Susanna's creations.
Madensky Square is a place of romance and intrigue, life's small tragedies and coups. And we see it all through Susanna's eyes as she writes about the small events of everyday, her memories of the past, and her hopes for the future.
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