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peaceful and simply just nice, using that much abused word
on 14 July 2014
Really my score would be 3.5 stars as it's neither a three nor a four star. It did keep my attention through to the end, which is a major positive. The opening chapters are gentle, peaceful and simply just nice, using that much abused word. Having worked in Japan, it gave me a greater insight into Japanese culture which I enjoyed. Equally the insight to the leper colony around which so much of the book revolves was very sensitive, certainly not mawkish and through growing my awareness of the disease increased my sensitivity to it.
What marked it down to me was that the plot ran out of steam a bit three quarters of the way through. Also having recently been spoilt by reading John Williams (Stoner), Willa Cather and Jane Gardam, all most beautiful writers and masters of their craft, the beauty of the text was just not quite up to it and I felt a bit let down.
Don't let me put you off, it is a good book but not a great one.