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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 16 July 2011
A novel set in Victorian times, published in 1969, and narrated by an author suffused with mid-20th century ideas. It tells the story of a love affair, and one for which the author write three different endings.

Coming to this after reading "The Crimson Petal and the White" and "The Children's Book", the concept of writing a novel which reflects both the 19th century and a modern take on the life of the time is no longer unfamiliar - bold and unexpected as it must have been when Fowles wrote it - and a startling and ambitious departure after the two very different masterpieces of The Magus and The Collector. While the multiple endings are of interest, perhaps there is nothing so new there - Great Expectations has two in modern editions, and there are the cancelled chapters of Persuasion...

So - while this undoubtedly holds the attention - I was a little disappointed overall. But then my expectations had been very high.
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