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Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
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Jul 06, 2011

liked it
Recommended to Pam by: Saw the author in person
Recommended for: Brooks' fans

I have liked all of her novels; some more than others ("People" and "Year" being the best). I like this one also but not as much as I thought I would. It was very interesting and was a fairly quick read even though she used a lot of old English words. It would have been helpful if she had put a glossery in the book - I still want to know what a nobbly root is - can't find an answer.
The book was really more about Bethia than it was about Caleb - would have liked more information on him. There was lot of unhappy stuff (enough to bring tears to my eyes a couple of times) but also some humorous lines. We already know that women were treated as second class citizens and the Puritans took religion to the max, so I didn't learn anything new when it came to Bethia's life, although in this novel, she did have more freedom than most women did for the times.
It is well worth a read.

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