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Poignant family saga,
This review is from: All Our Worldly Goods (Paperback)
So much is contained within the modest pages of this book. A complete family saga, with all the passions, jelousies, misunderstandings, joys and sorrows that life entails. The story is set in a small French town and spans the period from pre First World War, to post Second World War. The reader is instantly involved with the main characters of Pierre and Agnes, whose love story forms the backbone of the book.
There are moments of great poignancy, and the odd twist or two. Mostly, the story carries you along with it at a great rate, galloping through the years and troubles, from one generation to the next. I was amazed at how many years the plot covered, and yet how restrained the writing is. There is not a word too many, no padding or waffling, it is all perfectly relevent. Although set so many years ago, the basic messages of this story are timeless. I enjoyed it more than Suite Francais, I think because it is complete, sparse, and balanced