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5.0 out of 5 stars
complex and interesting, 27 April 2008
The family history is interesting, as many of Jacob's antecedents were relatively powerful/energetic/unusual types. But Jacobs uses this history to take us on a detective story that involves travel from Hull to Chile then onto Bolivia. This makes a facinating travel book and as such, it's a modern adventure story told by someone that can write very nicely indeed.
But it's more than this. It provides us with a facinating insight into the way an historian operates. This is history mixed with contemporary journalism, and as such it's a facinating glimpse into the past and present story of this corner of Latin America. I was impressed throughout by the characters met along the way, and by the slightly dogged and engaged personality of the writer.