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Make no mistake, as a poor observer to the long standing brillance that is maximus literatti personified, David Quinn gives as good as the reader can get, then feeds you more. Blythe's actions define woman personified: complex at definition by their actions, easily understandable at their core. Defined by the chaos around her, but rising above it, she is triumphant not through her therupatic killing of her kin, the other creatures of nightmare, but through the ascension of her coming to terms with matters of heart and soul. Make no mistake, Blythe, heroine to mankind, is our savior. And yet, like all those who seek martydom through heroism, she is flawed and fragile, compelling us not to pity, but to exalt and worship her.
Master Arcitect Quinn, blessed with Hannibal King's hands and eye, turn in one of the best well written, soul defining, horror stories ever. And this edition, presents the ascension as it should be read, as one contained book.
And to the Pantheons of tragic heroines : Pandora, Helen, Juliet...we add Blythe.
I said it before when this series was in comic form back in 1994, I'll say it again here.
"Quinn has written the defining book on female comic characters, the textbook for all others to study and follow from."
Do yourself a favor, and share souls with Blythe. Come to an understanding for yourself the beauty of this work.
I HIGHLY reccommend it!
In an incredibly cinematic visual feast of nearly 200 pages, I was engorged with the film-noir delicacy of this book. I encourage anyone interested in truly SMART comics and graphic literature to buy, enjoy and share it.
Egret Snow - Dubuque Daily Review
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The language of the biography is percise but also nostalgic. Susan Quinn proved to be excellent researcher and "mood creator". She was able to write as if she was walking in Sklodowska-Curie shoes. She captured non-essential detail that took a reader right in the middle of the action. The details she used were accurate and true. It brought a Polish reader back to Warsaw. There, the streets were just as she described them, the smell and noise and politics of XIX and XX c Poland were so accuratly painted that as I continued reading it I could no longer remember I was in USA. I thought I were at Nowolipki street or Saxon Garden. Memories of my country history and history of scientific world were rekindled in my heart.
This is a very rich book. It will bring memories or create some for those who are not familiar with scientific revolution of Europe in late XIXc and early XXc. It is a book about heroism, loyalty, determination, passion, love and friendship. It is also a book about rejection in professional world. But most of all, this book is about victory of one extraordinary woman. This is the only woman ever who received two Nobel Prizes. And she happened to come from a country that was constantly occupied by its oppresors, from Poland. Both the author and the heroin did a fantastic job.
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Ms. Quinn does mention "names"; she says she does so in order to level the playing field, to show that anyone can drop the ball when entertaining. Her book is filled with anecdotes as well as practical tips. She exhorts would-be hosts and hostesses to follow the Golden Rule: "Treat your guests the way you would like to be treated."
Much of the book repeats commonsensical rules that those of us who entertain already know. However, I did pick up some pointers, such as ". . . no matter how bad the food is or what disaster befalls you in the kitchen, when all else fails, make sure you have plenty of booze on hand, and the party won't be a total bomb," and "[e]veryone in your home must be treated like a celebrity, must be made to feel wanted and special."
"The Party" may not appeal much to experienced party-givers and party-goers. However, it is an amusing addition to more "serious" books on entertaining. For someone who is starting out as a host or hostess, I think he or she will find some good tips here. As Ms. Quinn says, "the point is to have a good time." If one cannot do so, then she says to "get over it."
If you don't know what a "P.R.F." is, then that is reason enough to get this book.
On a more practical note, she has good suggestions about what really makes a party work. So whether your guests are 'famous' or not, her wisdom is true.
But the key factor is Sally's breezy writing style. It's good enough that I am back on Amazon looking for other books she has authored.
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