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5.0 out of 5 stars
Arrectis auribus adsto..., 21 Dec 2011
Having read a few of the reviews here on the latest epic installment in this series I think I can see, without even having read it yet, what the problem is;
Almost without exception the reviewers here discovered Thomas Covenant around about the same time, a generation ago; they were young, impressionable and not a little pretentious - 'Oh yah, it is a little heavy going at times but I GET it...'
Well those self same people have grown up, married, divorced, remarried, had more than one family, grandchildren, blah, blah, blah, and want to hold onto something that has remained a 'constant' throughout. The only problem with that is they have had their own lives, tastes have changed, people have changed - how many people say they don't like a particular style of music now just because they liked it when they were much younger?
Linden Avery IS Thomas Covenant; the first books in the series were full of HIS mental anguish, and if you were of a particular bent you would have skipped huge chunks of THOSE books too, you just wouldn't have admitted it for fear of appearing to not 'get it!'
It is the readers who are now 'at fault' in their approach to the narrative, not the author.
I, on the other hand, stuck with it for every gut-wrenching paragraph - all the better to understand the characters and what drives them. I will confess to not having always adhered to this philosophy! I got halfway through the first book, stopped, left it for a while then started again from the beginning without skipping a word; I have faithfully followed every word with enthusiasm and intrigue ever since...
...I will do so again when I recieve this installment in the post, which I shall order as soon as I have clicked 'Publish...' at the bottom of this page.
Jean M Auel is much harder to follow but ultimately worth a little dedication; Stephen Donaldson is even better; my 28 year old daughter is equally hooked ;o)