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Not diminished by the passage of time...
on 23 July 2007
This book was first published in 1987 but, unlike many novels written 20 years ago, it is not diminished in the slightest by the passage of time.
I was recommended to read this by my mother and I'm very glad I did. I just wish I was on holiday in the Lake District whilst I was reading it - but that's no reason to put the book to one side until you do go to the Lakes. I'm sure that a physical link to the land would benefit the reader substantially but it isn't essential.
I don't want to give anything about the story away except that it's a love story based in the 19th Century located in the Lake District.
I suggest you forget what you read on the dust jacket if you can and don't read any other reviews until you've read the book.
It is slightly difficult to read because Melvyn only let us have the back-story on a "need to know" basis but that kept me guessing and I enjoyed it in a perverse kind of way. If you've already read all the reviews and the dust jacket the mystery is lessened as is the experience.
I found it an excellent book in that the character of the protagonist was complex and multi-dimensional. He was a product of his life - neither fully good nor fully bad. A real person, in fact.