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Fault Lines

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

    Sixty Years of Secrets and Suspense

    "God gave me this body and mind and I have to take the best possible care of them so I can put them to the best possible use. I know He's got high intentions for me, otherwise I wouldn't have been born in the wealthiest state of the wealthiest country in the world, with the most powerful weapons system capable of blasting the whole human species to kingdom come. Fortunately, God and President Bush are buddies." (page 4)

    The year is 2004 and six year old Sol, who is wise beyond his years, is pontificating about the state of the human species, among other things. He is the first of four related characters who tell the story of their childhood in Nancy Huston's brilliant 2008 Orange Prize short listed novel, Fault Lines. Huston uses a variety of literary devices to tell the story of four generations of this California family. She very effectively tells the story backwards chronologically, taking us from present day California to 1980's Hiafa, to 1960's Toronto, to 1944 Germany. Along the way the author slowly reveals the family's secret, by planting clues in each narrative and weaving the story together in a way that exposes the mystery as you peel away the narrative layers. Each character telling the story is about six years of age and very intelligent. Almost too intelligent; like the smartest kids I've ever heard of with language skills beyond belief. But if you can suspend disbelief here, you're in for a very enjoyable read.

    If I say much more I will give away the secret. So let me just say that if you like a mystery, if you enjoy peeling away layers of intrigue, if unexpected developments are right up your alley, if you like the charm of literary devices and smooth, poetic writing and excellent historical fiction, this may be the book for you.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

    If I could write this well I would never have to write another word. Or so I thought until I read her next book. and the next... (Touch of an Angel, Slow Emergencies)

    I READ THE BOOK BECAUSE OF THE COVER; HER EYES. I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT IT. I'D RECOMEND THE SAME TO ANYBODY ELSE. DON'T READ THIS, READ THE BOOK.

    The tale starts with ten year old boy will only eat cream of wheat, has convenient asthma and his goal in life is to destroy the world with robots. It is not written that this little boy is a spoied rich kid who his parents are afraid of and you wouldn't let your kids near him. You are left to consider the title as the story goes back to the previous generation.
    His father,ten, is in Israel. He is going to school and meets an islamic girl; falls in love. When she rejects him,she says that her parents sent her to his school to learn hate and that he is the enemy.
    Another fault...
    Germany. 1942.The fathers grandparents.Wealthy. The grandfather, listening to the radio, screams"Dresden! Dresden!" and goes mad. (The American air force bombed the city. It melted.)
    This young girl came into their lives. She sang with sound only ,no words. And she comes to America...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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