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3.0 out of 5 stars Epic read, 3 Jan 2011
This review is from: And the Land Lay Still (Hardcover)
I must admit that I was expecting something entirely different from the author of The Testament of Gideon Mack, one of my favourite books of recent years. This is a hugely ambitious novel that was four years in the writing but, ultimately, I don't think it is sufficiently entertaining for the reader. My attention waived through the long political and historical scenes. I enjoy reading history, but it should not come thinly disguised as a novel. The evocative title suggested more about the power of the land, but I didn't find the affection for the country that was present in Gideon Mack. There are undeniably beautiful moments, mainly revolving around the character, Jack, the damaged war veteran who leaves home, wife and daughter to travel the land. I would have preferred to journey with him longer. I allowed myself three holidays from the book to read something lighter. The fact that I returned to it to see it through to the end (and, yes, unfortunately it did feel like this)was out of respect for the writer. The closing scenes provided something in the way of pay-back, but it was a truly epic journey to get there. Even in the final pages, unnecessary new material was introduced, such as a full description of the content of a study: I was asking myself, after six hundred odd pages, surely he could go easy on us?
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