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By |2018-03-21T18:27:46+01:00October 1st, 2008|Recent Reviews|

By Alan Lightman

Pantheon Books, 2003. 240 pages.


ightman treads on thin ice here. A divorced, middle-aged teacher, Charles, facing the 30th reunion of his college class, reminisces about a college love affair with a young and capricious ballerina, Juliana. The dancer, it turns out, was also sleeping with a poetry professor, smirching Charles’ early notions of romance.

The narrative is played out mostly in Charles’ melancholy memory, which Lightman inhabits beautifully. Still, these are the bittersweet voyages of a 52-year-old professor. They don’t exactly go where no man has gone before.

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