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A curate's egg of a book - in my opinion.
on 15 August 2015
I did not enjoy the time taken up in the beginning of all the characters involved. Their back ground stories were however fascinating but it was like reading a shopping list. The central part of the book was utterly fascinating and well worth re-reading. The stories of all the other attempts to establish settlements came as a surprise to me as a historian! Equally new to me was the large numbers of people who managed to return home.The last part of the book was another ramble of what happened to the individuals and frankly it was dull. In spite of my adverse comments I would tell people to read the book and see whether or not my comments were justified.