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Her writing is so beautiful, her observations so astute, and her stories so subtle.
My one complaint is that the ending was too predictable; I felt that the novel was "wrapped up", rather than allowed to find its own ending.
I can't recommend the book enough and look forward to reading the remainder of her work.
Engaging characters and mystery not spelled out for the reader. You have to translate 'britishisms' to get through it. But it is worth it.Published 8 days ago by greentoo
Heart-rendering story of the separation of a mother and child, captured within the overall dynamics of social upheaval in the post-colonial period in sub-Saharan Africa. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bill
There is something about this book, which may now be out of print but is available used. Mantel writes so perfectly, it is humbling to me, an aspiring writer. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Wagner
With every new book of hers I read, I become more convinced that Hilary Mantel is a genius, and probably the best writer alive. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ellen
I don't like plots with shifting time-lines, e.g. a lot of flashbacks, unless they advance the plot, which this novel does not. It would have been just as good with a linear plot. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Norma Frank
Hilary Mantel is a true wordsmith. Again she uses her craft to absorb the reader and pose questions to be grappled with.Published 8 months ago by Susi Koch
A story that, by slipping the bonds of time, requires attention and rewards it with insights into human virtues and faults. An excellent read.Published 11 months ago by littleknown