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One steppe beyond,
This review is from: The Tartar Steppe (Paperback)
As my title implies it appears madness(pun intended) to devote a life to the insignificance of awaiting a moment to make our mark. However, this is exactly what this book has us believe some of us do or all of us do?. For me the saddest aspect is his returning home on the odd occasion and finding things have changed beyond his familiarity and therefore he becomes a stranger to those he once knew! That is the most poignant realisation put across.
He finds he is more in tune with the soldiers of the fort who have become his new family. The time marches on as it were and those around him grow old or even die almost pointless deaths. These resonnate but he appears powerless to prevent the inevitability of himself becoming institutionalised. The imaginary invasion rarely rears it's head and when it does it dissolves into the mists from where it emerged. One such alarm turned out to be friendly forces surveying the steppe.
Perhaps his moment of glory is both curtailed and met when he is least able to summon the strength, therein lies the irony.
Pretty depressive stuff but addictive....although it took me about 30 pages to want to advance another step.........