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A Perfectly Good Man,
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This is a wonderful poetic, perceptive and very realistic insight into a very varied group of characters, in whom the author has breathed real life. It is as if he "knows" each one of them intimately, and cares about them all. It has an emotional impact of much variety too. I felt as though these "people" had become my "friends", even the less desirable ones: I shared vividly in their joys and their sorrows.
Centred round rural Anglican life in Cornwall, but by no means exclusively so, it was for me a pure delight as was Barnaby, the principal character.
The writing (eg the second chapter) is of the finest quality. It flows naturally, like any good encounter with precious friends should.
It is a most readable and satisfying book in every way (including the ending), like a very good wine or cheese.
Probably one of the finest books I have had the pleasure to read in a long time.