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3.0 out of 5 stars Pure - Andrew Miller, 9 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Pure (Paperback)
I first discovered Andrew Miller when I read Ingenious Pain and Casanova, two beautifully written, engaging tales both set in the 18th century. His lucid, flowing prose was a joy to read and he managed to create vivid, atmospheric images of the era in which his novels are set. These characteristics are again very evident in his latest work, Pure, about a young engineer who is hired under the orders of the King to remove the contents of a cemetery in 18th century Paris because it is poisoning the air and earth within its vicinity. It is an interesting premise for a novel and it starts off well enough, but regretfully the story engaged my interest less and less towards the end. The violent episodes appear to have been inserted merely for dramatic effect as they are not developed nor explanations given for the behaviour. In conclusion, an enjoyable read but would have been a much better book with a tighter, stronger plot.
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