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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 35 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 23 Feb. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004UVOBKA
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Clever, beautifully written and wholly effective this is "art" rather than popular fiction because, having read it, you'll feel that you'll know Pietro for the rest of your life. But... of course, he's not "real", you only want him to be. A rare feat of writing indeed!
The writing is good - Faulks has a style which is elegant and descriptive without being overblown. Some chapters are very strong, for instance the description of office life and the chapter set in Jerusalem. Others were less interesting, although I suspect every reader would have a different preference depending on their own experiences.
It isn't really a very memorable book. I enjoyed the experience of reading it whilst I was actually reading the words, but it is not a work that has made any particular emotional impact on me. That's not to say it isn't a good read, but a book with so little long standing impact cannot, in my opinion, be great.
The writing will be particularly enjoyed by those who love language and word play - there is plenty of exploration on the origin of words, for example. I would also recommend it to those who like short stories, and its themes of 'finding yourself' and mental illness will be of interest to those with experience of these issues. Overall, I suppose I feel ambivalently positive towards the book - it wasn't a waste of time to read, but I wouldn't say it was unmissable.
The book contains lots of different locations including the Middle-East, Asia and America, and of course the UK and Italy. So, if you like travelling, you will probably enjoy this book as a large proportion of it is based around Pietro's travels.
I have read both Birdsong and Charlotte Gray before this, and they are completely different to this. Buy this if you like Faulks; you might turn out to love it, but it really isn't as bad as some people are making out. At worst, it will turn out to be average.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A clever presentation. Not always easy to fit all the pieces of the puzzle together!Published 10 months ago by Johnty
The premise seemed promising - the idea of someone's life told in fragments jumping all over the place appealed to me - but the reality was just dull. Nothing seemed to link up. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Shouna Falconer
This started with a couple of very strong opening chapters but then went downhill due to the constrictions imposed upon it by its style/gimmick (26 location based chapters in... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Damo Green
This must be the only Faulks book i didn't enjoy and in fact gave up on. I felt no sympathy with the main character, and the story just jumped around so much that you couldn't pick... Read morePublished 23 months ago by longstocking
A book to dip in to rather than a good read. OK if that is what you want but I found it disappointing. Perhaps because I had just finished Birdsong, his greatest book.Published on 3 Mar. 2014 by Colin P Baldwin
I read a book a week at the moment and picked this up second-hand on the strength of Sebastian Faulks' other books. What a load of pretentious nonsense it is! Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2014 by W. Osborne