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I envy you!,
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This review is from: Penmarric: The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)
This was Howatch's first major novel and despite her later writings, Cashelmara and Wheel of Fortune etc, it still remains her best. Fans of Howatch will know that her trademark is the first-person narrator as well as having several different characters narrate. Her gift as a storyteller lies in the identifying with each narrator. Just as you feel disappointed that one character's narration has ended, you find that the next character's narration is just as good. Basically you can identify with several disparate characters with various motivations. Another trademark is the parallels between the lives of her characters and famous historical personages, specifically British royalty. To those who have yet to discover Susan Howatch, I envy you!