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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, intriguing, compelling read but not for the faint hearted, 23 May 2013
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I love this book. The characters are so richly drawn and the scenes are so well described you get totally caught up in the writing. Then strange things happen and you might need to check back to find out if your mind is playing tricks. It isn't. Tragedies are played out again and again with different endings. Time is not linear. The whole book is the snake with its head in its mouth - there is only now. The strange twists and turns don't stop you relating fully to all the characters and caring about what happens. You get a brilliant flavour of the times and the countries of England, Switzerland and glimpses of France and Germany . She covers the sweeping drama of war in the trenches and living through the blitz and then the domestic detail of what the cook is preparing. The layered versions of similar and different stories gives a sense of humanity beyond the individual. It shows us possibilities and things that can happen beyond our control. Sometimes I worried that I could not keep all the stories in my head and therefore I would miss something. I did get lost occasionally but it did not stop my reading or my enjoyment. Her mature exploration of the novel structure is brilliant. I would love to study it. It plays with your expectation and never disappoints.
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