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Friday, 17 April 2009

Barry Unsworth - Land of Marvels


This would make an excellent reading group selection. It is another novel set in an archaeological dig. This time it is 1914 and we are in Mesopotamia. This is a superbly written novel, lyrical and astute. The unfolding of the characters and their actions are key. I particularly like the way that chapters were blended in from various viewpoints so that whilst the characters may not have understood each other and their motivations, we the readers did! I imagine a reading group will have much to say about all their actions! The period too is interesting, as all the powers race to grab what they can before war starts. The question of morals I think would feature highly in discussions! I cannot say too much without revealing too much, just recommend that you read it.

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