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Pages: 618, Edition: New Ed, Paperback, Vintage

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Excellent

“Mapping the Mind.”

published 21/01/2012

Compelling read & great characters.

A long read for some.

This is the third book I’ve read by Sebastian Faulks and rightly hailed as his most ambitious novel yet. In many ways the seeds of this book lie back in A Fool’s Alphabet, a clever book that probably has been underestimated. Birdsong made his career in many ways, an outstanding novel of the Great...

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Excellent

Amazing subject matter, well-handled and excellent...

May be a little long for some - but I didn't want ...

This amazing novel had me gripped from the very first line! I'm a massive fan of Sebastian Faulks, but had been put of this novel by reviews which said there were passages which were too long winded and scientific. Lesson one - read it yourself and make your own opinion! This is an incredible...

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An interesting and intriguing read

the book is lengthy

English author and former literary editor of The Independent Sebastian Faulks is possibly best known for his intriguing First World War novel `Birdsong` published in 1993. In 2005 another of his novels was published, this being `Human Traces`. Yet again Faulks has set his sights on providing...

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Excellent

Thought provoking, engaging characters.

Heavy-going in some parts

I really enjoyed this book, despite the fact that it was very long and there were some tedious, heavy-going passages, Faulks manages to creat such real and fully rounded characters, whose personality, life experiences and fallibility are such that everyone can find something in them they can...

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Excellent

published 09/10/2007

I really enjoyed this book, and spent every spare moment reading it. Like all Faulks' books, it is beautifully written and carefully constructed. It describes two idealistic and dedicated psychiatric doctors at the beginning of the 20th Century, who pursued their belief that psychiatric patients could be treated and cured at a time when the mental asylums were overflowing. It reflects Faulks' interest in human nature and provides well-researched insights into madness and the functioning of the human mind. It also traces the personal relationships of the psychiatrists in a way which is reminiscent of Scott Fitzgerald's work. A perfect book for quiet and thoughtful reading.

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Excellent

Tremendously researched. Captivating writing

Brief in places

Sebastian Faulks is a master of telling a simple story, here concerning the lives of two idealistic young men as they forge their careers in the fledgling subject of psychiatry. Carefully woven around the plot though we are treated to a feast of life experiences both light and dark, poignant and...

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Super

published 17/08/2008

I absolutely loved this book. Hard going at times because the subject matter is dealt with in great depth - but so interesting and informative, a real insight to the study of physcology of the 20th century. A beautifully written description of relationships between friends and lovers. I couldnt put it down!

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