You were right on about the story line of Far North. It was a strange story, to be honest, but I couldn't give it the highest rating because of the claustrophobic feeling I got from being stuck inside Makepeace's head through most of the book. Pages and pages of it, to the point that I was dying for a scene with some dialogue and interaction with someone else. But maybe that's just me. In this sense, I suppose the book was too "literary" for me, since most literary works seem to have the same traits (limited, pretty much, to impressions and reflections of the protagonist). I don't think this applies to all literary works, but most I've read (modern or contemporary) seem to work out that way. I feel unsatisfied by many action-adventure stories that have you turning the pages, and yet by the time you finish reading them, no insights have been gained, nothing lasting is given, so I pass them on to someone else and forget all about them. Some writing "coaches" seem to suggest that this is all a writer should do (entertain, and nothing more) but I beg to differ.
Yet I do like sufficient scenes to keep the story moving, and not just ramble on with the protagonist's thoughts and impressions. And this is where I felt Far North was lacking.
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