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I am a huge fan of Patrick gale and have loved all his books. His was perhaps not the best narrator although I did get used to him after a few chapters. The character of Harry Gale will stay with me. I feel sure that this story must be based on truth however fragile. Read it and love it as I did. Petra, Paul and Harry will surely get under your skin.
Patrick Gale has long been my favourite author. His work is always excellent, but this book is really outstanding. The way he drew upon his family history to write it is fascinating, and I would love to have access to a list of the facts to see what he had to work with.
The story of a gay man in Edwardian society, and the raw emotionality of his relationships was harrowing at times, and sad at others, with a bit of murder mystery thrown in.
The only criticism that I would make is that I was often confused about the period. Sometimes I thought it was Victorian, then Edwardian, and then during WWI. It was all of those, I suppose, but moving between past and present was a tad confusing for me. It wasn't until towards the end that I had a firm grip on what period we had been in at various times. Gale has a lovely voice, but his narration was a bit lacking in that he doesn't really do accents or different voices for different characters very well, which would have helped. Still it is nice to hear him.
Definitely worth a download, and will probably be the first audio book that I ever listen to a second (and maybe third) time.
Patrick Gale has spun a wonderful tale about a misfit in Edwardian England who tries to re-build his life as a Canadian homesteader. It is an evocative story of secrets, love and loss. I am keen to avoid spoilers, so will avoid mentioning other themes that might detract from your enjoyment. It is a little slow to start, but this gave me time to get used to the author’s slightly nasal narration. However, the story is so personal, being inspired by his own family history, that his heart-felt reading conveys a depth of feeling that might elude many accomplished actors. This book is quite unlike his other books available on audible - more challenging and possibly more satisfying as a result. But they are all 5-star listens and I only wish more of his novels were available.
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Not the sort of book I usually read, I read fantasy and adventure books usually but heard a review on the radio and it interested me. I was not at all disappointed. it was excellent and I am now very tempted to go ahead and read more of Patrick Gale :-)
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Quite a spellbinding story. At turns savage, tender and sneeringly poignant. The writing is beautiful. Having the book read by its author is simply masterful. A nuanced performance.
I could not stop listening.
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I could not stop listening. It was so engaging and I could listen to Patrick Gale all day long. My favorite part was when Monk was killed but at the same time it brought sorrow as that was when little Grace was taken by the Flu and as it turns out when Petra was taken as well. The ending was so perfect, they were meant to be together. Thank you for writing and reading such a beautiful book.
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