In a Land of Plenty
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There were times I enjoyed the story quite a bit but then the author would throw in some sexual detail which would really irk me because I just don’t like reading those things. They distract me from the story AND detract from the story. (Yes, Mr. Pears, I understand this boy finds the girl attractive but I really don’t want to hear about the state of his *cough* loins.)
For the first 300 pages this was my reading experience: “Tralala! Oh, isn’t this love ...more
Pears captures the turbulence both within and without a single family, demonstr ...more
This was fabulous. A long stretching family saga kind of thing that I could have kept reading forever. The story is about rise and fall of Charles Freeman and his family, mostly centering on one of his sons James. Starts in the 1950s and works its way up to the late 90s or so. Takes in the changes of English society and politics over the years. Very wide but it doesn't get out of hand. I loved it.
This book is a family epic, following the Freeman family as they plod on through post-WWII Britain, during times of prosperity and loss.
Unfortunately, it plodded. Even with the massive catastrophe at the end, I wasn't really engaged with the characters. In fact, in the beginning sections I kept losing track of which child was which. I especial ...more
Personally, I couldn't care less about family sagas, epic or not. In fact, I really really don't like them. Which I should have remembered before I bought and tried to read this book, because then I wouldn't have to rate it so badly for a reasons that is really not the books fault. It said epic family saga, it delivered epic family saga.
Well, at least I think it did. I gave up after about 150 pages.
And yet ano ...more