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A moving and powerful novel, featuring wonderful writing.
The thing is I had to read the chapter three times to figure out what the heck was going on - I think it might have made a better movie?
Rather, it's drawn out in meticulous and often quite painful detail as the characters seem to encounter each event in real time.
There's a lot to discuss in relation to war, nation, and hero discourse. At the asme time, there is a subtle suspense that could be a bit slow, but overall adds to the quiet grace... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cheval13
The story is reminiscent of one from the 1800s as it very slowly unveils the heartbreak, misunderstandings, and deep love of characters who communicate poorly and struggle to find... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brooke
I really enjoy Graham Swift. My book group thought it was too long. It really seems like a man's book on the style of "All the Pretty Horses" with very little dialog. Read morePublished 20 months ago by emma2u
I'm a newbie to Swift and have gotten the impression from other reviews this is not his best work. Hmm. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Emily J. Morris
Graham Swift is one of the best writers of our day. This book is just another example. If excellent writing and character studies is what you like, you might consider reading all... Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by rlon
Last Orders was one of my favorite films of the late 90's, and the book didn't disappoint. This title, which is set in Dorset and the Isle Of Wight does disappoint, but probably... Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Nagronsky
The title echoes the feelings of anti-hero Jack about key persons in his life. He first wrote "Wish you were here" as a 13-year old on a picture postcard to his lifelong... Read morePublished on November 19, 2012 by Alfred J. Kwak
Graham Swift has long been one of my favorite authors and Wish You Were Here does nothing to dissuade me from that viewpoint. Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by B. Capossere
Couldn't really get into the story. Author keeps jumping from one faze of life to another. Characters do not seem to be specific to the story. Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by Joyce E. Hamner