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5.0 out of 5 stars
Haunting, vivid, unputdownable, 11 Aug 2004
Excellent. The characters, the town, the society, are depicted beautifully, the whole atmosphere "breathes", you feel the heat, you share the characters'feelings, you have to laugh with the incredible squalor and horror of the Ratliff family, you have to love little Hely who is so much "inferior" to the nightmarish little girl, Harriet. I was steeped in the story, the marvellous writing.
BUT the Bloomsbury paper back edition I read, had very small print,as a result I had to read the whole book using a magnifying lense! Isn't there any hardcover with decent print left?