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One of the best,
This review is from: The Stonor Eagles (Mass Market Paperback)
I have just re-read 'The Stonor Eagles' after a gap of nearly twenty years, although this book has never really left me. In as far as this book goes I am lucky in that I was brought up in East Kent and know Deal quite well, also have visited the Cuillins of Skye and Iceland. Being able to picture the locations in a story, from experience, is of great value to the enjoyment of a book, yet this particular tale stands tall whether you know the places described or not.
The experiences of Jim Stonor and the characters around him as he grows up and matures are some of the most well-written sketches of British life that you will find anywhere, and the descriptions of Jim's art are of such perfect, yet unfussy, detail that the Raven of Storr, Cormorant's Memorial etc are brought to life from the page. They feel to me like real works of art that I could visit and understand, so well are they written, and I am no great lover of most modern art.
The anthropomorphic passages concerning the great sea eagles, that may have seemed like a Duncton Wood revisited if presented on their own, tie in superbly with the tales told by Liam MacAskill and later Jim himself, while both strands of the story end with a simultaneous resolution and sense of completeness.
I don't write book reviews; this may well be my only one, yet The Stonor Eagles deserves to be read by as many people as possible, as it is one of the best novels that I know.
Give it a try: you won't be disappointed.