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Posted January 17, 2010
Something to Ponder
Exiles in the Garden was the first book I have read by Ward Just but will not be the last! I am slowly making my way through his previous novels & enjoying each & every one. I normally would not choose books about politics but find Just's characters so real that I am drawn into their lives, truly caring about how they feel. For me, the political & historical content is almost secondary, although none the less important.
The conflict that Alec experiences in this novel is typical of many of Just's characters, I now realize, but rather than criticizing the author for this repetition, as one of the reviewers has done, I find this commonality reassuring in that we all try to come to grips with our past & present circumstances.
I think the lack of quotation marks is refreshing &, in my opinion, resemble a stream of consciousness delivery. Just's wonderful descriptive writing make the settings come alive & having lived abroad, I can relate to the differences in countries & cultures while the similarities in human feelings exist.
I also like the fact that the author does not tie all the knots or bring the endings to a satisfactory climax, but shows respect for the reader's intelligence, allowing them to come to their own conclusions...or not. Most refreshing.
Ward Just is my new favorite author:)
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