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notgettingenough You know, reading this one cannot help wonder about the point you raise re melodrama and it seems to me this could be looked at in two ways.

(1) Emotionally. My feeling was in the end that the sheer matter-of-fact tone of the book stopped it becoming thus. How he managed to be so set apart from his subject matter is a feat to behold.

(2) Plot. He has a story line in which he unashamedly uses coincidence as he pleases and that too could have made things descend into the melodramatic, but I was comfortable ignoring that. It didn't seem to matter.

You've made me think about the last part of the book again.

You say maybe you should have read it in one go...I did, though only because I couldn't put it down!


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Whitaker It was a deeply moving book. Sometimes the injustices really felt like a punch in the gut.


notgettingenough I do sort of agree with you that the last part of the book is...well, it bothered me too in a way, and maybe the word melodramatic will do. I kind of found it plain odd, I think.


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Paul Bryant His other two are great also, Such a Long Journey and Family Matters.


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Whitaker Paul wrote: "His other two are great also, Such a Long Journey and Family Matters."

Paul, thanks for the recs! I'll definitely take note of them. :-)


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Jan Rice I just said how traumatic this book was for me as a comment on another review of it. Other readers were raving about the author's other books, but I said I didn't trust the author enough to want to read the others. I called myself cowardly for that stance. You've given me something to think about, regarding your comments about the ending.


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