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4.0 out of 5 stars Compassionate account of the terrifying reality of war, 30 Mar. 2014
This review is from: In the Wolf's Mouth (Hardcover)
I've given this novel four stars but maybe three and a half would be a more accurate score. The writing is so patchy - sometimes it soars and achieves a startling brilliance while at other times it is overwritten and clumsy. There are some stock characters here - the good peasant, the mafioso boss, the intriguing Princess, the stoical village women - and for me they never seemed authentic and therefore never became engaging. The descriptions of warfare rang true with a horrible vividness.
So - worth reading but didn't live up to rave reviews. By the way, do writers and journos operate some sort of mutual back-scratching over reviews? It seems to me that they do.
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