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The narrative perspective constantly shifts among the central characters.
Also too much description and expositions in dialogue (where characters tell each other things they already all know, just for the benefit of the reader).
Mr. Faulks writes with great intelligence and insight about two young men who pursue their common goal of helping the mentally ill.
I really enjoy medical books but this was so long and the subject of mental disease a bit depressing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joan Brighton
This had a promising premise, great setting and believable characters, so what could go wrong? Instead of moving the plot along and developing the characters, the writer numbs our... Read morePublished 8 months ago by marion
Although it is almost a decade old, I came to this work only recently. The deep humanity, historical accuracy, and scientific- philosophical issues evoked swept me away. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This novel was so interesting to read. Plus, it has an exceptional and ambitious concept at its base. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pamela Bell
Interestingly and well written. A good novel of the complexities of human nature and the exploration of the mind and psyche in the early days of therapy/psychotherapy. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Christy K
A number of reviewers have expressed the view that this book bogs down under the weight of long passages devoted to psychological theories. Read morePublished 11 months ago by ManDevil1942
This is the problem with many historical fiction books. The authors do so much research, and spend so much time, that they feel they need to incorporate too much of this research,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Melinda
There were some interesting merits about the book, and it is obvious that a great deal of time, research and effort went into writing it, but it was hundreds of pages too long, had... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Carlos
In the future, I will avoid reading any book which opens with "an evening mist, salted by the western sea". I bought this book at an airport to read on a transatlantic flight. Read morePublished 14 months ago by krusesr