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Beautifully written collision of fact and fiction,
This review is from: The Dust Diaries (Paperback)
I read this book whilst on leave for 2 weeks and have nothing but praise for it. The writing is liquid and the characters are defined and developed so brilliantly, it's a real pleasure to read. It is a fairly long book, but it's one worth persevering with.
I shed a tear or two towards the end, which surprised me as much as it did the author in the part of the book I was reading!
To provide you with a synopsis is tough as the book combines so many genres, being as it is part biography, part travel book, part history, part page turner, part autobiography etc etc.
In a nutshell, Owen Sheers finds an old book in his father's study that details the life and work of Arthur Shearly Cripps. Owen's intrigued that one of his ancestors was a poet too and decides to investigate to find out more.
Sheers then combines an account of the investigation whilst imagining the life and times of Shearly Cripps... By the close of the book you feel that you've gained a real feel for both Arthur and Owen and a real respect for Father Cripps and the African people he befriended.
Looking forward to the next novel from this already acclaimed poet.
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Initial post: 25 Feb 2011 02:11:38 GMT
Ian Bradley Marshall says:
This is precisely the type of review that helps all authors and poets. I cannot wait for the arrival of my copy!
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