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Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Man With the Dancing Eyes

The Man With the Dancing Eyes by Sophie Dahl

I'm not sure where I first heard of The Man With the Dancing Eyes, but I'd been curious about it for awhile. And it did not disappoint.

It's a short, charming story of the affair between Pierre (a girl, in this case) and the Man With the Dancing Eyes. Of course, everything is perfect in the beginning but at some point comes apart, and we have to see if it comes together again.

The story is not that deep or exciting, but it is lovely and pleasant. And Annie Morris's illustrations are fabulous. I looked through it again and again just to more closely examine her drawings and colors. Beautiful!

Two fun facts: Rumor has it Dahl loosely based the story on her own relationship with Mick Jagger. She is also the granddaughter of the equally-charming Roald Dahl.

Favorite quotes...

Mostly she was happiest sitting on top of the Aga, her small nose firmly buried in a book.

As the opening bars of her favourite Ella Fitzgerald song began to play she tried to take a step forward, only to find that she was firmly rooted to the ground, anchored by her Christian Louboutin shoes.

And there began a glorious affair.


  1. this sounds like a fun book. I think I shall read it myself!

  2. Sounds like a good quirky novel! How fun.

  3. She's also a lovely, plus size model! the book sounds fun

  4. And, she would be the girl with diamonds in her eyes! ;D

  5. Interesting. Love the illustration on the front.


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