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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful prose...cliched ending., 3 Mar. 2009
This review is from: The Secret Scripture (Paperback)
Barry's prose is simply gorgeous, his manner of expression is poetic and tactile and I finished the book because I got caught up in his words as much as his tale. That said, the plot is also superb until the denouement, which is so trite I almost felt cheated by its convenience...but that prose drew me back in. For a painful and difficult book with such strong and well-defined characters I think the reader could have coped with an incomplete, or even broken and unsettling ending. You could argue that this is indeed the case depending on how you see things, but I felt I'd gone from reading a truly credible and important novel to reading the plot of a television movie. Definitely worth reading though. With a box of tissues.
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Initial post: 2 Dec 2012 21:19:32 GMT
I agree with the above comment. A truly wonderful book with beautiful prose but the ending was just a bit OTT However because of the superb prose I will go on to rewad more of Sebastian Barry.

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