The Literary Styling of the Novel It wasn't until I began to read another novel that I understood the value of this novel.  At first, I thought it pretentious in sections and wondered whether or not the author was presenting a treatise or if she was trying miserably to entertain me with a story.  But, when I began to read another novel written in traditional style, I discovered how Barbery kept me so engaged that I continued to read the novel even though I was filled with skepticism about her talent and the novel's worth.  The movement in the novel was so subtle that I was unaware of it.  It was like seeing the brush strokes of a master artist. 

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