11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Beautifully-written but slow,
By A Customer
This review is from: Embers (Paperback)
This is a beautifully-written piece of prose, with the descriptions of surroundings and emotions tending towards prose poetry rather than dramatic narrative. It was extremely beguiling until it arrived at the long and very dull dinner conversation in which Heinrik has a virtual monologue, some of which tells Konrad what Konrad must surely already know, lasting several chapters. I have to admit the tale lost me at that point and I began to skip through paragraphs whereas before I'd been gripped.
The ending regains lost ground though, in spite of the symbolic actions of the two men at the end being rather too casual for my liking.
An interesting but not a perfect piece.