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5.0 out of 5 stars A Voyage Through a Unique Imagination, 15 July 2005
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This review is from: The Changeling (Hardcover)
This is an amazing novel, blending gritty historical detail with vital questions about gender and identity. Anne Bonny is one of the strangest and most compelling heroines you are likely to meet. The novel is one of those rare things - a book which is a pleasure to read as well as being deeply thoughtful. The novel inhabits its period in many ways. It is full of strange voices, rumours and old wives tales, echoing such writers as Swift and Defoe. And yet, the sense of narrative control, of a writer working at full stretch is never diminished. The story of piracy is far from the romantic notions we have come to accept. This is a world where tongues are cut our and innards nailed to the mast. In deflating the myth of piracy, MacLeod has added to our sense of the past as something strange and uncanny.
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The Changeling by Alison MacLeod (Hardcover - 8 Mar. 1996)
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