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. . .ere a vivid glint of cloth or hanging, here a huge scarlet sign lettered with gold, and here a kaleidoscopic effect in the garments of a passer-by. Directly opposite, and two stories above their heads, a sort of huge "loggia," one blaze of gilding and crude vermilions, opened in the gray cement of a crumbling facade, like a sudden burst of flame. Gigantic pot-bellied lanterns of red and gold swung from its ceiling, while along its railing stood a row of pots—brass, ruddy bronze, and blue porcelain—from which were growing red saffron, purple, pink, and golden tulips without number. The air was vibrant with unfamiliar noises. From one of the balconies near at hand, though unseen, a gong, a pipe, and some kind of stringed instrument wailed and thundered in unison. There was a vast shuffling of padded soles and a continuous interchange of singsong monosyllables, high-pitched and staccato, while from every hand rose the strange aromas of the East—sandalwo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I am somewhat in denial that this was written by Frank Norris. For those unacquainted with his work, I consider "McTeague" to be a triumph of the English language, a book so amazing that it echos throughout fiction today (anytime you see two dudes handcuffed to each other in the desert, with one pro

2.5 stars. How did the author of
Vandover and the Brute
suddenly transform into Booth Tarkington? This is not a great piece of literature by a long shot (how many times can Norris use the dialogue tag “vociferated”?); even so, one can’t help but be captivated by Norris’ lighthea

One of my all time favorite books and one I could recommend to just about anyone!

Infinitely charming. Read after a number of depressing novels and histories, and it was a good spirit-lifter (until whatever I read next).

Boy and girl date. Boy and girl decide to be friends. Boy and girl realize they were in love all along. The End.

I read this out of an interest in American literary naturalism and having read 'The Octopus'. 'Blix', in sharp contrast to 'The Octopus', is a strange and rather clunky romance. The central theme is of the redemptive power of a good woman's love (Blix saves Conde from his one vice, gambling). It is

Pure of heart and beautifully realized. (And written by my wife's great-Uncle!)

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