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Masterful, Brave and Beautiful.,
This review is from: Underworld: Picador Classic (Kindle Edition)
This is undoubtedly one of the truly great novels. Not just of the second half of the twentieth century, but of all time.
It is not perfect. It perhaps a little too long. One or two of the characters, such as Klara, aren't completely resolved, and perhaps he doesn't make the art scene matter to us quite enough either. And yes, there were times when I wasn't sure who I was reading about.
But despite this, I'm not aware of much in life or in art that comes closer to perfection than this. Where it succeeds, it does so magnificently. Its exquisite language, its artistic imagination, its breadth of character, its ability to summon up not only events but the entire sense of experience, its exploration of other people's identities, all these things are so beautifully and grippingly executed.
Masterful, brave, beautiful. I can't praise it highly enough.
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Initial post: 12 May 2012, 08:56:42 BST
Two fine reviews so far. Don't stop now!
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