Sunday, January 2, 2011
Review - The Alchemy of Chance
“I don’t read much Francophile literature - soft-focused Frenchness makes me mutter - but Peter Brooks writes a France that I recognize. His Paris is noisily Parisian. His Brittany is blown through with sharp, salty air and the smells of seafood. His Loire is all liquid light and the still, strange atmosphere of that river.... 'Alchemy' is full of light, life and heart. There’s also a small sprinkling of magic in there. It's one of those novels that leave me smiling at the world a little more.
Caroline Scott, Lot, France
Image - Detail of "Carlotta on the Loire" by Sir William Russell Flint