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on 8 March 2006
I was very impressed with Krabbe's "The Vanishing" and so I picked this up as soon as I saw it. Like "The Vanishing" it's a short novel and tells a simple, but compelling story. Unlike "The Vanishing" it doesn't maintain that to the end.
Jacques Bekker's flight is delayed in Sydney and he uses the time to locate his first love. He finds her just as she is getting ready to disappear from her old life. The old control she had over him comes back and he follows her into the outback.
The first three-quarters of the book are gripping but with each new set-up in the later stages a little of the tension is lost.
But Krabbe does capture the incredible remoteness of much of the outback and he paints a convincing picture of lives looking for meaning.
Overall though, it is a disappointment next to "The Vanishing".
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on 7 June 2009
A simple enough plot where a man meets an old flame and starts out on an adventure with her. He was infatuated and still seems to be susceptible to her ideas. So as not to spoil the plot for anyone who might want to read it I will just suumarise by saying events pile up and the nice intersection of the present and past gives the central character and the plot a little depth.

Not a challenging or educational read; but it was enjoyable and well paced.
An ideal novel for travelling or a wet lazy weekend.
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