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The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher
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Dec 09, 08


This is an old-fashined type of book in one sense (think the Forsythe Saga): a very long novel with a historical background of social change in England spanning a few decades. Some of the characters we meet first as children and then again as grown-ups, others are middle-aged to begin with and then elderly. But there is nothing old-fashioned about the writing. I liked the design of the book: separate parts with greater or lesser time gaps, so we have to figure out what happened in-between (seen most recently in Olive Kitteredge). Some of the characters and events are more believable than others, but overall I got very attached to these people and miss them now that I finished the book!
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