- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (2 Nov. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 034911322X
- ISBN-13: 978-0349113227
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,381,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Promised Lands Paperback – 2 Nov 2000
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Ambitiously conceived and brilliantly realized (THE TIMES)
Sublime ... A haunting and passionate novel, beautifully related, with some of the best passages of descriptive writing I have read for a long time (INDEPENDENT)
Compelling, elegantly written, acutely intelligent and thoughtful (TIME OUT)
One of Jane Roger's many strengths as a literary novelist is her ability to blend fact and fiction entertainingly and almost seamlessly...a distinctive, dynamic work that explores the nature of all types of exile. (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING)
* Jane Rogers intertwines the powerful dramas of the first year of the convict-colony with present-day lives in her classic novelSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The book has a double focus - partly on William and partly on modern-day Stephen who is writing Dawes' story after coming to grief as a deputy head in a comprehensive school - his politics took over and the local press did the rest as his experimental ideas of equality between children and teachers failed dismally.
Stephen's wife is Olla, an ex-chambermaid and refugee from Poland. Olla wants only children, house, security but her children are born handicapped. Timothy, her first, dies after a few months, but her second, Daniel, she feels sure will live. Her attitude to Daniel is extraordinary. Under the guise of his disability Olla senses extra-sensory powers and when brain activity much stronger than expected is detected in Daniel it seems she might be right to have such faith. But are we, as readers, expected to believe that the child is something special? I don't think so. Olla is clearly not all there, but at the same time her belief in Daniel is heroic - against the odds she seems to have succeeded in drawing more from him than could ever have been expected, given his disabilities.Read more ›