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on 27 November 2012
There are some moments within this book which are insightful and perceptive; seeing the meaning of life in the simple, mundane and everyday. However, for me this book was often a chore to read with pages of description of the minutiae of a civil engineering project. Initially it was interesting to see the detail of the work that others do to keep the infrastructure of our society working. There are some very interesting characters and relationships, horrifying accidents and cruel manipulations. Unfortunately the weak plot (essentially the progression of the project) meant that there was not enough of a draw to keep me wanting to pick this book up.
If only the whole book was like the last page, an inspired summary of the men of the building sites. On the last page it says "We are the hard-handed ones but we are not necessarily the foul-mouthed. We are the less educated but we are not the stupid. We are the temporary and the used. If we are wise we learn not to feel."
Overall a 3-stars - "It's OK" for me but there are some 5-star passages in this book and some 1-star passages.