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'The swift strokes imperceptibly became a voice ..',
This review is from: The Sixth Lamentation (Paperback)I have read this novel slowly over some weeks around competing commitments. While this was not intended, it has enabled me to assimilate, interpret and enjoy the novel even more.
This is William Brodrick's first novel, and it is one of the most accomplished first novels I have ever read. Why? The use of language, the character development and the integration of different views in the story adds complexity and vibrancy.
At its heart, this novel is about the morality of individuals and the actions taken in Occupied France during and after World War II. There are many interesting and intersecting stories here: which people took what actions and why those people acted the way they did. At times, the story appears convoluted and not all elements work perfectly. For me, that is fine as I think it more accurately depicts the world created.
Finally, my dilemma is in trying to identify who else might enjoy this novel. The subject matter will make it painful for some and distasteful to others. But if you can read beyond the setting and enjoy well crafted fiction set in the immediate past, this may well be a novel for you.
For me, it is a keeper.