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4.0 out of 5 stars
A Tentative Start to a Compelling Series, 6 Aug 2001
I had read one or two of Snow's Strangers and Brothers series of novels when they first came out. I am just finishing reading the whole sequence which has been thankfully reprinted (with extraordinarily evocative cover photos) by Stratus. Snow's plots are always good and his characters remain alive 30-60 years after their writing. But it is the writing itself that is the distinguishing and utterly remarkable feature of these books. Snow's phrasing, even when quaint (e.g. "More than most women her age, she was familiar with the sight of men in their dressing gowns.") is endlessly quotable. His insights into people and politics (on both the petty academic and the more elevated national levels)are constantly rewarding. But even on romantic relationships he has important things to say and he says them beautifully. I have dog-eared over one hundred pages to mark the most memorable of Snow's revelations. My wife has started to read the series as well and looks likely to break my time of completing them in 6 months. "Passant" is not the strongest of the series. It is naive at points and Passant himself is an unattractive figure in many ways. But it is compelling reading nonetheless. I recommend it and the whole series as a singularly rewarding reading experience.