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This review is from: Under Heaven (Hardcover)Four-and-a-half stars, except that would be unbearably mean. The book has a serious flaw which I shall reveal in a moment.
A beautifully drawn setting, some imagined proto-China, wonderful writing. Some lovely characters, all quite distinct even within the ubiquitous formality of the cultural setting. Beautiful descriptive passages and a deeply right envoi to bring closure.
Which brings us to the plot. And that flaw. This book is too damned short. There is enough material here for something twice the length exploring more of the side-stories, which would also allow the motivation of some of the characters to be explored more fully.
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Initial post: 4 Mar 2011 14:44:26 GMT
It's hardly a short book though. If it had had any more pages, I doubt I would have been able to read it in bed -- or at least, I would have needed one of those bed-desks for invalids! (I have the hardcover which is a weighty tome).
I agree that there's plenty more to be explored with these characters and this setting though. I hope that GGK agrees, too.
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