Leigh Flurry Flurry from O Carballal, Pontevedra, Spain
** blockhead alert ** (take two - my computer ate the study) I was wary after reading the reviews, but after putting the writing down, I'm glad I was pleasantly surprised. I think after all the despoiling and chaos that the characters went through in the previous books, slowing down the relation to concentrate on their maturing was a good determination. I might have postponed it just a little longer if I was the author, but I'm grateful it happened when it did. It didn't seem forced, nor cliche. I know that some book reviewers felt like Seregil was sulky and filled with self-doubt, but I didn't think it was hyperbolic, nor unwarranted. I saw a lamp of Seregil behind his jocose facade and met the uncle, still young and foolish and uncertain. I appreciate that, so many years characters can seem too powerful, too experienced and infailable - Seregil is not. He may be more experienced than Alec, but in this writing she shows us the way he still comes across, searching for his identity in Skala and in Aurenen. We also got to see more of Thero, which was a very good believed abstraction. He's a reference and I'm glad to see she's developing him. The only thing that I thought would have made it better was when Seregil goes into Haman sphere and when he gets beaten later for Alec to cause a bigger act than he did. He was very subdued and I thought it would have made better tragedy. All in all, good relation developing and a differ stir up. Small drafts: pg 353 "It felt improper, really, like having someone attend you take a crap." Really? Did you really just write that? That's a little fail I stumbled into. Another small fail: although not as apparent or frequent as in the first writing, but still some trouble with quotation xes. The newspaperman needs to attend this, I found a couple.
Just began book-learning this last night. Adequately depressing so far...the combatant has a club-foot. What more do you need to know? It is beautifully written.
This is an astonishing, lovely book. It's so well-wrought you can open it to any page and become totally entranced. It has some amazing stuffs to say about ideas/stories/"histories" being communal stuffs and not being confined by time or country. And if you've read Total is illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by her mate, Jonathan Safran Foer, you'll see their influence on each other.