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Bad Land
Bad Land
by Jonathan Raban
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5-star rating based on the interest in one of the characters, 9 Jun. 2002
This review is from: Bad Land (Paperback)
The emigrants travelling at the turn of the century across America, but by train and not wagon, was different to the usual stories. Apart from my love of the tales of the settlers, my particular interest (and 5-star rating) for "Bad Land" was because of Worsell. Am now investigating if he is or was a long lost cousin of my husband's family. I dont really know whether we wish him to be kin or not - but he must depict the type and lifestyle of many emigrants trying to escape from poor living in their homelands and possibly avoiding punishment of some kind. Worsell adds an interesting flavour to the book and despite all the negative things about him, he was a proud man.
The book is full of gems and a number of the families that were named must still have their descendants living on the same land, in this modern world, possibly not such a harsh living as before, but all credit their stability and the hard labour which was obvious of their ancestors.


The Lady Chapel: An Owen Archer Mystery: A Medieval Murder Mystery (Owen Archer Mysteries 02)
The Lady Chapel: An Owen Archer Mystery: A Medieval Murder Mystery (Owen Archer Mysteries 02)
by Candace Robb
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

9 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lady's Chapel by Candace Robb, 29 Mar. 2002
Have discovered this book at a Charity Shop. My usual reading is by Larry McMurtry, James A. Michener and any historical items of the American West also any good stories about Merlin and King Arthur. I have just finished The Ladys Chapel and thoroughly enjoyed the complexities of its story line which I believe is based on historical fact. Candace Robb has made it even more interesting by the use of good characterisation in conversation of the various people. I am now going to buy another of her books and look forward to another enjoyable read.


Oscar and Lucinda
Oscar and Lucinda
by Peter Carey
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a modern day charles dickens, 18 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Oscar and Lucinda (Paperback)
Description of places and people are so clearly defined one would recognise the places when passing through them and the people if passing them in the street.
The habits and mannerisms of Oscar and Lucinda are believable, although so different from normal human contacts.
The way the story evolves with the two eventually meeting is so well done and is unique inasmuch one knows what Lucinda and Oscar were doing at the same time before they met. A remarkable way to bring a story together.
I loved this book and enjoyed the descriptions, which at times in books, tends to bore one.
Well done, Peter Carey, on achieving another Booker prize in 2001 with 'Ned Kelly'. Have ordered it and looking forward to its receipt.


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