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The Most Distant Way Kindle Edition
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The writing was very good - especially for a first novel - with a good eye for detail. I particularly like the two main characters and way the perspective alternates between them, which is fairly unique. This allows us to see them both "internally" (through their own narrative) and "externally" (through the other character's eyes) which brings the characters powerfully to life. We see their values, feelings, inner-world and self-justifications AND we see the other character's perception of them: their strengths, flaws, irritating habits. This makes them very real, and prevents us 'siding' with either - we see their true, inner nature without being suckered into their self-delusions.
We also see how well they truly understand one another (as compared to how well they *think* they understand each other).
The other most powerful feature for me is the environment: Kenya's Rift Valley. It's not somewhere I've been, but the description of it is engrossing. Especially around the different people, attitudes, tribal identities and the various foreigners. The dialogue also shines here - the second-language English is genuine. No one bursts into exposition, yet still the sense of political unease rumbles just below the surface.
Finally, the running itself is nicely described. With some experience of this from other training, it's recognisable. From the running mindset to the 'comedians' in the street... Definitely written by a runner.
In summary, this is a great book. I'd have no hesitation recommending it to anyone. It'll certainly be of interest to anyone interested in running, Kenya, or just desperate for a real character-driven story!
Ewan Gault's clever writing allows the reader to experience the rank smell of poverty, the bright colours of challenge and humour, the poignant effect of failed relationships and the void between humans and their understanding of one another which ultimately leads to conflict. This is a thought-provoking tale and one well worth reading.
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A pair of young English distance-runners train at altitude in Kenya, with a level of obsession which made me wonder why they put themselves through such pain. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Newnumbertwo