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5.0 out of 5 stars
A rare thing, 16 Mar. 2007
Stunningly good. I've just finished reading it for the second time - I never read books twice - and what I remember of it rings true. Big and bold - yes - a fascinating intertwining of historical fact and fiction - yes - but most of all, Boyd evokes the vibrancy of what it is to be alive to life. A fictitious memoir stocked with asides and self-doubt so real that I'd voice them about myself if I had the author's insight and command of language. Filled with simple joys, black despairs, unidealised moral turpitude, lessons of life.
Rereading AHH has rekindled my love for literature after the comparative dryness of Greene, McEwan, Murakami. I really hope that if you read this review, you'll make a respectable attempt to read this book.