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Pieces Of Light

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Hugh Arkwright's remote childhood in the Central African bush, and its sudden disruption, leaves him with a legacy of magic, mystery, and tragic loss. Late in his life, he returns to the gaunt house in Ulverton where he was brought up by his eccentric uncle, and finds that the old ghosts still walk. The more he excavates his own past, the deeper he finds the traces of anci ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published September 30th 1999 by Vintage (first published 1998)
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Christine Covil
Feb 02, 2013 Christine Covil rated it it was ok
I was gripped by the first few chapters – Hugh’s early childhood in the Cameroon beginning with the gorilla incident – his transplantation to pre-war England at the age of seven to the home of his eccentric uncle who is obsessed with the wildwood and paganism – the leopard society which carries out human sacrifice – but between pages 139 – 417 where Hugh goes through the war, gets into acting, becomes a director and goes insane, I lost the sense of adventure and discovery.

Adam Thorpe is an exce
Kirsty Archer-Thompson
I have to agree with other reviewers.The author is a real wordsmith and the first quarter of Pieces of Light is really engaging.Hugh's breakdown really slows the pace and makes the act of reading this book a little cumbersome.The whodunnit element also seemed utterly bizarre, as did most of Ulverton's inhabitants!Fizzled out rather unceremoniously with an ending you can see coming from a mile off!
Commander Law
Nov 29, 2015 Commander Law rated it did not like it
Shelves: africa
I seldom leave a book once I start it, however. This started well with the early years, but I ground through part two to page 171 and gave up. I just wasn't interested enough to find out what happened to whom and to confirm my suspicions. It may also be that I was given the book when I had nothing else to read and now have books of my choice waiting.
Jul 02, 2014 Hugh rated it it was amazing
I'm surprised there are no positive reviews of this book here. Unfortunately it is a long time since I read it, so I can't really remember what impressed me, but I know that I found it very absorbing and enjoyable.
Jul 23, 2012 Clare rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book started off with lots of promise, but got bogged down through the middle and only picked up steam near the end. Even then, the ending was not as cut and dried as one would hope.
Apr 14, 2008 Kay rated it did not like it
Dull and slow. Couldn't finish it but read the ending and was right about the parentage issue. Too depressing.
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Loved the first bit, even commented to a book club group that it was astounding writing, but utterly disenchanted by the rest.
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Adam Thorpe is a British poet, novelist, and playwright whose works also include short stories and radio dramas.

Adam Thorpe was born in Paris and grew up in India, Cameroon, and England. Graduating from Magdalen College, Oxford in 1979, he founded a touring theatre company, then settled in London to teach drama and English literature.

His first collection of poetry, Mornings in the Baltic (1988), w
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