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Restless by William  Boyd
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Dec 28, 2009

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Restless entertained me, but I wouldn't call it a particularly great novel. The story jumps back and forth between the main characters in the 70's and the main character's mother in the 40's. The flashback scenes center around Sally Gilmartin (the mother) and her days as a British spy working to get America involved in WWII. I found the propaganda Sally was spreading far more interesting than the actual story itself. In the 70's, Sally's daughter is learning of her mother's life as a spy.

Sally is an interesting character, but the remaining characters are kind of bland and pointless. Her son's uncle, her students, and her son all exist in the main character's life, but could easily have been erased from the story without changing anything.

The book is definitely better than this review and worth checking out if you've got the time to keep reading (and nothing ahead of it on your list). Enjoy!
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