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Gravesend Light by David     Payne
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Feb 20, 2009

it was amazing

I read this novel a few years ago but couldn’t resist posting a review because of the lasting impression it made on me.

There are several aspects of this novel that turned me into an instant David Payne fan. He has a lyrical, evocative prose style that is simply a delight to read. Much of Gravesend Light centers on its coastal village setting. His descriptions bring to life the characteristics and idiosyncrasies of this isolated community and those who make their living from the unforgiving sea.

Payne also has the ability to go deep into his characters and explore their psyche. If you like deep character studies, you’ll love this novel. If, on the other hand, you don’t care for that style you’ll probably want to steer clear of Gravesend Light.

In summary, Gravesend Light is a novel you can really sink your teeth into and enjoy for both the masterful prose style and the penetrating exploration of the characters.

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Started Reading
April 26, 2006 – Finished Reading
February 20, 2009 – Shelved

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