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Claire
Claire is on page 280 of 448
End of Book 2 Resistance
A hanging, revenge, the creation of the shadow King
The presence of the woman Fifo in the camp
A photographic essay and interludes
It still feels somewhat disjointed.
Oct 09, 2020 11:56PM
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Claire
Claire is on page 180 of 448
Almost halfway, just finished Book 1, finding it hard to get into this, surprisingly - as I heard the author speak about it and expected to be drawn into it from the beginning.
It's to do with the style, that way of describing that is like that of a photo, of a moment, a freeze frame. It slows the pace and is more egalitarian across the characters encountered, while I feel I want to invest in one of them.
Oct 05, 2020 08:32AM
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sylvie Hi Claire, well this book is on my tbr, I trust your opinion and it will remain on the bottom. Thank you for your review, always interesting 💗🌺


Claire sylvie wrote: "Hi Claire, well this book is on my tbr, I trust your opinion and it will remain on the bottom. Thank you for your review, always interesting 💗🌺"

I expected this to be more of a character lead narrative of historical fiction, however it was a lot more literary, using photos as a figurative device, but without the aid of the actual photo, and I found myself wanting more of the inner life of the female characters in particular.

It is an excellent work, but it was quite a challenging read, that makes demands on the reader to stay with it, as it digressed and and went into quite descriptive passages that weren't about the events unfolding, causing my attention to wander.

I'll be really interested to see how it is perceived by the literary prize.


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