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This review is from: Small World (Paperback)
That line comes on page 320, and I can't remember a more profound 4 word sentence in ANY book I've read. The rest of "Small World" is not quite so deep - in fact it deliberately concerns itself with the seemingly inconsequential connections we all have with the peripheral characters in our lives that turn out to be the magic thread that binds us all together... So the story passes you from person to person to person; sometimes you can see the next connection coming, other times they just smack you in the face (literally). As with most of Matt Beaumont's work, it's a 'concept' novel - ie it's based on a very distinctive multiple-first-person narrative, or in other words, it's a series of linked monologues. It's a very effective, very enthralling style that drives you on to the SLIGHTLY weak conclusion, but if that's a grumble, it's the only one.