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Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?,
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This review is from: In A Land Of Plenty (Paperback)
A Forsythe Saga for the 20th Century, what could be more exciting? You have the back-drop of post-war austerity, the swinging Sixties, the winter of discontent and the Thatcher years; how could it fail? BY NOT HAVING A SINGLE INTERESTING THING HAPPEN OVER THE ENTIRE 600 PAGES! There are plenty of involving characters but each could have done with their own story, not shoe-horned together so that in order to keep the narrative linear there is no scope for interesting or involving incidents to happen in their lives. Charles, as the patriarch of the family would have made a great central character as his business thrives then fails but he is just one of a cast and so we don't learn too much about him. Laura and Robert's relationship occurs and ends while another character is the subject of the narrative so we never discover how it started or why it went so wrong, and that is the most interesting plot strand in the book! If you want a family saga try Middlemarch, if you want a "rise and fall" story try "A Man in Full", if you want to feel short-changed read this.