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Needed a second read to understand this book.
1 January 2019
It’s not often that I want to read a book twice stariagtaway, but I felt as I nearer the end of this book that there was so much I probably had missed. I was therefore looking forward to the end of the book so that I could recap and understand it better. However, when I came to the second read I very quickly picked up on what I had missed before, and found the repetition (at my choice) of recently read bits too soon and tedious, so I skipped most of them. Overall a cleverly crafted book, but too much to think about all at once if you are a fast reader who enjoys being just caught up in a story.
Notwithstanding this, I recognised some of the later national historic and social events as being from of my own childhood, and this evoked some long lost memories. There are parts of this book that will remain with me. Other parts of the story came across as improbable, with continuing characters’ traits of irresponsible impulsiveness. Hence a mixed review. Some bits absolutely brilliant, some very forgetful.
Some books I re-read frequently, this one I may return to, but not for some time.