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A book that stays on your mind,
This review is from: As Meat Loves Salt (Paperback)
A book has affected me fairly deeply if I'm still thinking about it 24 hours later. Well, it's almost a week since I've finished As Meat Loves Salt, and yet I am still reeling from Maria McCann's knock-out novel. I've sat at work not getting work done, and laid in bed unable to sleep, thinking about the motivations and selfish actions of ostensibly unlikable characters. That she was able to actually have me feel any sympathy at all for a sexually violent, brutish and dominating character such as Jacob Cullen is testament to a brillant writer. It would be a crime if this woman never put pen to paper again.
Everything about this story hit my buttons. The raw passion between Jacob and Ferris - at times beautiful, at times whincingly disturbing - left me breathless. It ranks right up there with the intensity of literature's famous love-hate relationship, that between Wuthering Heights' Heathcliff and Cathy.
There were times when I could almost smell the putridness of the battlefield, the fragrance of splendidly cooked game in Ferris' Cheapside home and the filth of the sweaty, unwashed colonists as they vainly toiled away for their New Jerusalem. Also a delight was McCann's attention to the everyday detail of the characters lives. It is a book that certainly reads as if the author has done her homework and is a truly rich evocation of a superstitious, socially repressive and violent England.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Hurry up and read it!
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Initial post: 27 Aug 2010 19:53:47 BDT
Your review has really got me interested in this novel, i have just finished 'The wilding' by Maria McCann which I loved, I couldn't put it down. I read it in just a few sittings. I have ordered 'As meat loves salt' from Amazon and can't wait for it to arrive so I can read it on holiday. She is a wonderful writer who creates very real characters who seem to be able to get under your skin. I do hope she continues to write more brilliant books.
Posted on 10 Aug 2014 08:22:23 BDT
Mrs R says:
Finished it last night. A wonderful gripping read, held on to it in buses and trams and read it at lunchtime. Drew me in from the terrific opening sentence and never let go. A bit wary at first of the sex scenes but so beautifully written... and as the reviewer above says, one ends feeling a bit sorry for nasty, selfish and violent narrator Jacob, so helplessly in love with Ferris... I really wanted to know what happened to all the characters now! will look for her other books as soon as I can.
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