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Stray Love by Kyo Maclear
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Apr 25, 12

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Read from April 22 to 25, 2012

A wonderful novel in many ways, about love and war, art and race. Beautifully written and engaging. Alas a lack of research on the author's part means the narrator's voice never rings quite true - Marcel is British and yet his voice is entirely North American. I could forgive one or two inaccuracies but this novel has one or two on almost every page, and of the kind that make me think the author has never read a British book or seen a British film. We don't say 'sidewalk' or 'fire truck' or 'the fall', and Maclear's understanding of the way British schools work is quite wrong. She writes about London like a tourist rather than a resident as Marcel and Oliver are supposed to be. A shame, as Marcel could just as easily have been Canadian and the novel would still have worked. But there are so many other things - the important things - that Maclear gets right that I can just about overlook the mistakes.
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