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5.0 out of 5 stars 21st century Oscar Wilde - Wonderful Book, 14 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Two Cows and a Vanful of Smoke (Kindle Edition)
I am looking at a picture. It is so detailed, it exceeds the quality of the finest photograph. Not only can I see this picture, but I can smell it too; I can hear it, touch it and taste it. This picture fills my senses and as I gaze upon it I become totally absorbed in it and I am transported from my urban jungle to the place it represents - a small part of the West Country close to the Somerset Devon border. It is so powerful I am no longer aware of the concrete madness that surrounds me, instead I am in a rural oasis I recall from many, many years ago.

This picture has not been created with paint and brush though; this picture has been created by the words of Peter Benson in his book "Two Cows and a Vanful of Smoke". Using words alone, Peter takes you not only into the countryside of the Somerset Devon border, but also into the minds of the people who live there; and in particular the mind of the main character, Elliot.

The story of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, is a simple one that extends to over 200 pages through Wilde's exquisite descriptions of the characters' thoughts and feelings as he luxuriates in the use of language to bring to life the period, setting and life of the people that the story revolves around. Peter Benson has achieved the same thing in this book. It is a simple story but one that has been crafted with such care and expertise. It is different to any book by a living author I have read.

I never read a book twice. Until now. I got lost in this book, I loved it, I will read it again.
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