- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (3 Jun. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571237789
- ISBN-13: 978-0571237784
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Far North Paperback – 3 Jun 2010
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Far North is a major new novel of retribution and forgiveness from Marcel Theroux, the prize-winning author of The Paperchase and A Blow to the Heart.
About the Author
Marcel Theroux is the author of three previous novels, A Blow to the Heart, A Stranger in the Earth, and The Paperchase, winner of the 2002 Somerset Maugham Award. He lives in London.
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The story's stoical, admirable, extraordinarily well-drawn central character Makepeace completely drew me in and had me hooked from page one. Apart from a small plot twist that stretched credulity a little towards the end (a coincidence issue), I was utterly convinced by the narrative, and impressed by the way Theroux tackles the issue of climate change without ever being didactic: just thoughtful and wise. His writing is of the highest quality: it feels simple and clean but it's packed with intelligence, linguistic grace, and an odd kind of modesty. There were some sentences and passages I read again just for the pleasure of the language.
Perhaps it's silly to make comparisons but for me, 'Far North' works even better than McCarthy's brilliant 'The Road', something I didn't actually think was possible. The reason: Far North is more complex, more imaginative, more ambitious, but has more heart. That said, there is not a shred of sentimentality in it. I am not ashamed to admit that the final page had me in tears on public transport.
This is a book I want to shout about from the rooftops. I have never read Theroux before but I have just discovered a new literary hero.
A compelling read.
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