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This is an exceptionally good novel. It should get a lot more attention than it is getting. I would compare the ambition and skill here to Barbara Kingsolver at her best. The story takes us deep into the world of a Greek island. It also takes us deep into one man's soul. I didn't want it to end but as I rushed to read the last few pages I found myself smiling at the twists and turns, the unexpected revelation and the ambition shown by this writer.
I will read anything else this author produces. I strongly recommend this wonderful book.
The writing is unfussy, the story concise but as hardy as its fishermen, and the sum total is powerful. A novel that stays with you after you've put it back on the shelf.
A former Boston fireman whose soul is marred by his past choices arrives on a remote Aegean island with just a duffle bag and a head filled with regrets. He is confronted with a people whose livelihood is at risk, an environment under threat, a woman who is as wildly unpredictable as only a committed animal activist can be, and a dolphin called Yukon. But why should he care? He becomes a barman in a taverna. The narrator may have been one of Boston's Finest but he's the classic anti-hero and that's what makes his story more intriguing. David Hogan offers no easy routes to his redemption.
Some of the passages describing swimming with dolphins are as tender as you'll ever read and drive home more successfully than any environmentalist literature how much we stand to lose if man has his way over nature.
The idea of things dying is an underlying theme, but also of chances running out. The Last Island offers hope. I didn't expect to enjoy this novel even half as much as I did and came away with so many questions I would love to ask the author over a lazy beer. Or an ouzo.
You will enjoy this novel.
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