The Bay of Noon

A Novel

Shirley Hazzard

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Long out of print, Shirley Hazzard's classic novel of love and memory

A young Englishwoman working in Naples, Jenny comes to Italy fleeing a history that threatened to undo her. Alone in the fabulously ruined city, she idly follows up a letter of introduction from an acquaintance and so changes her life forever. Through the letter, she meets Giocanda, a beautiful and gifted writer, and Gianni, a famous Roman film director and Giocanda’s lover. At work she encounters Justin, a Scotsman whose inscrutability Jenny finds mysteriously attractive. As she becomes increasingly involved in the lives of these three, she discovers that the past--and the patterns of a lifetime--are not easily discarded.

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The Bay of Noon
CHAPTER ONEA military plane crashed that winter on Mount Vesuvius. The plane had taken off from Naples in fog; some hours afterwards it was reported missing. The search went on for hundreds of miles around - over the Ionian Sea, and at Catania, at Catanzaro. Two days later, when the fog lifted, we could see the wreck quite clearly, crumbled against the snow-streaked cone of the volcano, overlooking the airfield from which it had set out. No one had thought of looking close to home.Since that time, so they say, we have developed better methods of keeping in touch.

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"Drawn so perfectly that it seems to breathe." --The New York Times Book Review

"Hazzard's prose is clean, witty, playful, and economical. It weaves an armchair traveler's dream landscape." --The New York Times

"Hazzard applies her intelligence to produce a shock of recognition in the reader. . .and she has succeeded brilliantly." --The New Yorker

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Shirley Hazzard

Born in Sydney, Australia, Shirley Hazzard has lived in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Italy, and the United States. She is the author of the acclaimed novel, The Transit of Venus (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award), as well as several other works of fiction, and most recently a memoir of Graham Greene, Green on Capri.

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The Bay of Noon
A Novel
Shirley Hazzard

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Picador
October 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466800489
ISBN10: 1466800488
192 pages
$7.99

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Trade Paperback
Picador
October 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312422875
ISBN10: 0312422873
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
$16.00
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