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3.9 out of 5 stars
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House of Orphans
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on 7 December 2017
An interesting novel, with well depicted, convincing characters. The situation, though hardly original, is treated in a compelling way, & the unusual setting of Finland at the beginning of the last century, gives it an extra dimension of originality. The domestic story of a recently widowed, middle-aged provincial doctor who becomes obsessed with the orphan girl he's hired as maid-of-all-work, is not as dodgy as it sounds: it's melancholy & haunting, with echoes of Chekhov & late Tolstoy. Add to this the small-town small a mindedness of his family & neighbours, and the second storyline involving the political unrest that beset Finland just over a century ago, & you have a truly satisfying novel, & one in which I didn't spot a single anachronism. I may be wrong, but I suspect Helen Dunmore had a sequel in mind, as the ending is disappointingly up in the air. Sadly, we will never know.
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on 24 July 2017
Held the attention from beginning to end. One of this writer's best novels.
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on 2 April 2018
Good stuff. Absorbing read.
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on 11 April 2018
Great read.
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on 10 December 2017
Download to kindle no problem.
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on 12 September 2014
its ok
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on 31 October 2013
The book is interesting to me because it deals with Finland were I come from. The authors seems to have a good knowledge of Finland's history.
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on 23 January 2016
Really gripping, I couldn't put it down.
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on 16 June 2013
Love Helen Dunmore's stories and the way she tells them. Don't like the way she ends her stories. You will have to read them to see what I mean.
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on 15 October 2014
Not Dunmore's best novel!
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