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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2007


    I dont know where to start except by saying this is one of the books you will look back on and be oh so happy you stumbled across. Stumbled is the key word, i had to seek out a book like this one. it wont be found on the top 10, or bestsellers list and thats a shame but at the same time you will love the fact that you can cherish this and tell only the people you know will appreciate it. Nicola Barker is amazing!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    deep character study

    Although geography has made Ashford, England somewhat an important town historically, today it is an ordinary town with ordinary people living ordinary lives. However, it is the past that makes those who live here revel in delight as the present and future beyond a Kent rail stop to the Chunnel is that of mediocrity. Especially fascinating the local populace is the reign of King Henry VIII when Ashford was a somewhat more significant town. However, history proves a cosmic joke when historiographers begin to rewrite it in their image. Thus father and son Beede and Kane get closer yet further apart while Dory and Elen and their five years old son Fleet obsess over the past especially when the kid constructs his match models of historical locales. Kane¿s former girlfriend Kelly accentuates the past as she is yesterday¿s news in his mind. This tale is about ordinary people in an ordinary town living ordinary lives except for that glorious past, which ironically begins to impede on their ordinary well respected lifestyles. --- This is a deep character study that is not an easy novel to read as the action is limited for the most part to the mundane events of everyday living by everyday people yet none of the ensemble cast including the dog are stereotypes each is unique with differing traits. Whereas most English history books focus on the royals, DARKMANS makes the case that those texts and related historical novels miss reality the history writers ignore the complex contributions of regular people who enable a Henry VIII seem greater than life (someone cleans out his bowl). Well written and thought provokingly entertaining, readers will reconsider the key link between prescription drugs and Anglo-Franco wars because a ¿Well Respected Man¿ hides his Kinks as ¿he¿s oh, so good, And he¿s oh, so fine, And he¿s oh, so healthy, In his body and his mind. He¿s a well respected man about town¿ even when his dog poops or pukes publicly. --- Harriet Klausner

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