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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and challenging, 11 Sep 2005
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I was almost put off this book by some of the very negative comments on this site and am very glad that I ignored them. The story ranges over millennia, from Greek myth to the near past and effectively interweaves them. Lawrence Norfolk has the ability to create powerful and lingering images through his erudition and use of language.
The first section is heavily footnoted. Many of these references are of academic interest only but others expand upon the sources and open up the mythical background, in addition to reinforcing the plot later in the book. Rather than tiresome, as described by some reviewers, I found the footnotes also added to the journey undertaken by the protagonists in the tale, the notes becoming clues and tracks to echo the hunters' progress. It makes for a halting read at times (but then a hunt would also be halting as the trail progresses) but then the pace accelerates and one is propelled inexorably towards the quarry.
Film and the creation of a movie forms part of the plot and indeed this book reminds me of the sort of high quality foreign film that is not afraid to challenge it's audience and leave them thinking. Excellent
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