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Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
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Jan 28, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: overrated
Read from January 24 to 28, 2012

If I could give this a 2.5 stars, I believe I would. Though the basis of the story is interesting, and although Brooks had me turning page after page for the first 2/3 of the way through, the last third seemed anticlimactic and hurried, the great scenes later only recounted briefly, having taken place offstage. (Bethia and Samuel's decision to marry, for instance, or Caleb and Bethia's finally speaking openly of the friendship/unspoken love between them....I found this unsatisfying.) In those respects, this book reminded me a bit of Tracy Chevalier's "Remarkable Creatures" or even Anita Diamante's "The Red Tent," in which much of what is hinted at early on doesn't unfold with much emotional impact when all is said and done. A bit disappointing. Still, Brooks writes beautifully and I came to like her heroine, Bethia.

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