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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2001
Woven together by a common location and some of the main characters, this is a saga of the highs and lows of the human condition, which will demand your attention even when you manage to put it down to go and do something less interesting. The characters are alive, Davies' descriptive powers make them dance in front of your eyes, especially Humphrey Cobbler, and the awesome grotesque burden that is Louisa Hansen Bridgetower, (I always imagined her as a Jabba the Hutt type figure when I was reading this!) who is the source of so much misery to her descendants but also the source of great enlightenment to her benefactor. Stunning!