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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    A Far Country

    In this follow-up to his much lauded debut novel i The Piano Tuner /i , Mason delivers another evocative tale with lyrical and stylised prose. Beautiful, simply beautiful: That is the sense you get from the very first page. The author imbues his prose with a musicality and emotional resonance more typical of poetry as he describes the desolate, dystopian world of Isabel, 14, who is struggling to survive in an unnamed, poverty-stricken country. But this initial infatuation just isn't enough to mitigate my sense of frustration as the writer circles his way around a story that suffers from a distinct lack of plot. Yes, the intention is more atmosphere than action, but while I admire the book, I still can't decide whether I actually enjoyed reading it. It is quite possibly, the best book I didn't like so far -am ambivalent response that reminds me of John Banville's 2005 Booker Prize-winning novel i The Sea /i , another debatable triumph of atmosphere over story. While Banville executed lyric turns within the confines of the protagonist's unhinged mind, i A Far Country /i is a visceral and disturbing fairy tale for adults. It is told from the perspective of ISabel, a sensitive and sheltered girl with an uncanny sixth sense. The drought-plagued village of Saint Michael in the Cane is the only home she has ever known, but she soon leaves her parents' failing farm for a nearby urban slum. There, she searches for her missing brother Isaias. Part spiritual quest and part unhealthy obsession, her search is initially riveting but soon grows tiresome as the novel winds its way to an anti-climactic end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2007

    An Interesting story

    The language, description and characters in the book are compelling and draw you in from the start. You care about their plight from early on. It did, however, bother me that I didn't have a 'place'/country to put this into better context. But the book is worth the read.

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