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3.0 out of 5 stars Running on empty near the end., 6 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Our Lady of the Forest (Paperback)
I can remember enjoying this book up to about the halfway point, after which it became a struggle. The characters are developed well, but I did not find myself having much of an affinity for Ann, the young runaway despite the harrowing upbringing she had suffered. Perhaps this was the intention of Guterson. She does just seem to be in the book as a catalyst figure. For example, Tom is a more interesting and rounded character, and it is him as the broken man that finds in Ann's visions a last chance for redemption for both himself and his son who is paralyzed.
Another point of interest is the way that Guterson portrays the mass hysteria that religious visions have created around the world over the years. Guterson does this wryly and there are a number of humorous turns of phrase when the visionaries legions of followers flock to North Fork.
This novel then is suspenseful and engaging enough (just)to see it through its 300 + pages. However, like the views of other reviewers indicate, this novel may have worked better as a novella.
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