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Amazing book and very well narrated. The 'flaws' in the book are, I think, a result of the experiment of writing a 60 hour novel. There is repetition. There is possibly some variation in quality. There's an entire chapter convincingly written and read in a made up, Lucy-Lips creole. But the poetic descriptive passages, the scope and scale of the enterprise, and the love, so evidently held by the author for his setting, completely outweigh any minor gripes.
This is a love story whose central character is a town. The author mourns his town and rages against the abuses that have been made against it and, chip firmly and justifiably on shoulder, against its historic and continual maltreatment by authority.
At times you could be listening to James Joyce, at other times Neil Gaiman. At all times, the images conjured by the writing and telling, are what remain in the memory.
Get this audiobook, stick with it, and I think it will be one of your most memorable journeys with Audible. For me, I am going visit Northampton and walk its streets, visit its churches and drink in some pubs while keeping an eye on the corners and angles.
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Ever thought the world needed an English hybridisation of 100 Years of Solitude, War and Peace, and Finnegan's Wake? Alan Moore obviously thought it did.
He was right.
I loved it but I'm sure there will be people who hate it for its length, its style of writing which is "Patrick Leigh Fermor does magic realism" and its sometimes OTT sexual content.
Simon Vance deserves an Oscar for the Finnegan's Wake section alone but his narrating of the rest of the book is excellent.
As for Moore's main theme of Eternalism, I think he breaks his own rules quite a few times in the telling of this story. But even these logical flaws in the narrative get you thinking about the big idea of predestination, so they still serve a purpose.
I loved the compassion and sense of understanding with which even the worst of the story's characters are handled and the way in which you feel as though you really know the Boroughs by the end of the story.
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