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The Scornful Moon by Maurice Gee
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Feb 25, 2009

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Maurice Gee is very talented. He writes so that even when you don't like the chief protagonist, you're fully involved in that person's life and thoughts.

This is told through the eyes of Sam, a journalist, who is brother-in-law to James and to Eric. It's set in 1935 when politics was going through an upheaval, and as it is in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, politics is something that orders (or otherwise) the lives of many. We can see in this novel the beginnings of movement from a country run by "gentlemen" to one where respect is no longer given simply because of a person's birth or position. I wasn't alive then, but when I think about my grandparents and their generation it seems to me that Gee has successfully portrayed the times. And as Gee brings in various characters I can see how things were changing subtly.
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