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AdvantagesGood thought provoking and pacey novel

DisadvantagesSimilar to Maitland's Company of Liars

.... Perhaps it?s just because my family tree (in one part at least) quickly becomes mired in a tangle of non-landed farming labourers living in a couple of Wiltshire villages for generations and probably pretty much back to the year dot, but I?m personally far more interested in social history and the lives and values of the little people. When thinking about the work produced by British author Karen...

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AdvantagesA good and interesting story despite a couple of flaws

DisadvantagesFeels like the author doesn't quite know what angle they are coming from

...2009?s The Owl Killers is probably British author Karen Maitland?s most famous novel, but having read three of her works now, to me it follows a rather familiar medieval and supernatural theme. I still preference her work Company of Liars which in addition to sharing something of the unexplained superstitions and hard life of the poor in the 1300?s, also has a rather clever twist in the tale...

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AdvantagesSpotlight upon a fascinating life

DisadvantagesSadly it's not a biography

...One can only really imagine what life was like in bustling and barely respectable San Francisco in the late 1800?s. I rather wish that a read of Karen Joy Fowler?s Sister Noon might throw some further light on matters, but despite the glowing testimonials which suggested such, I found the book a rather confused and sketchy picture. While Sister Noon is an interesting book I found it ultimately...

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