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The opening lines of this book grabbed me like few others, compelling me to read on.
The novel's unconventional structure works beautifully with the writer's strong sense of story, character and suspense.
The character development is well done and the description of the locals and events were intriguing.
Interesting story but it didn't quite come together. The characters needed to be better developed, the plot depends too much on accidental meetings. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Waltraud Wieland
this book starts off as the story of a young woman in crisis, but the story is really about her father and his deeds and mis-deeds in the Philippines. Read morePublished 5 months ago by diane reeve
I have read two previous books by Boyd; Good Man in Africa and Any Human Heart. A wonderful writer who has enormous ability, SO...... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Annie
Five stars---Boyd proves himself again as the master of the historical novel. I'll happily read anything he writes. Great author.Published 12 months ago by Anne Tudor
Not my favourite William Boyd yarn but fascinating all the same. The protagonist is someone who gets roped into things, loses his head over a woman, makes silly plans. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J Flood-Hunt
Sadly, Boyd didn't make me care enough about his tale, which I found overwritten, or his characters, which I thought underdeveloped. Read morePublished 16 months ago by A. O. Dean
I am a fan of Boyd's prose. An example, quoted below, provides the narrator's observations upon sailing into Lisbon harbor, as the scene registers on all her senses. Read morePublished 20 months ago by algo41
masterful storytelling, with a fascinating insight into life in manila in the early 1900's, with complex relationships and twists to keep the suspensePublished 23 months ago by G B Sieff