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4.0 out of 5 stars
Very nearly great literature, 22 Dec. 2004
The writing is beautiful, the political context fascinating, the development of the characters masterful, yet the ending is a little disappointing - it almost seems rushed, with the endings for the different characters ticked off in an almost perfunctory manner. Up until the last twenty pages this is a revelationary read; what a pity that the momentum couldn't be sustained until the very last page!