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I really enjoyed this book once I had my ear tuned in to the narrator's backwoods drawl, which was perfect for this compelling story. The fear, the menace, the smell of the seasons in the woods, are all tangible at every stage of this tale. Brilliant observation and characterisation by the author. I was sorry when it ended.
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Literally, the theme of burning, real or metaphorical, left me smelling the ashes of pine needles and cones in a snowy deserted, long-dead landscape, empty of people. The ability of the two, or three, or five, main characters to survive, and to understand what had gone before, and what might come to them was so very carefully and delicately traced, so that I had to sit quite still to absorb the atmosphere. I will find the feeling of strange children, clinging to each other whilst adults who know far too much around them very difficult to shake off.
The book has a feeling of Cormac McCarthy with a laconic style and possibly leading to a Coen brothers film adaptation, with echoes of "Cold Mountain" and wild Appalachian winter, written in sensitive descriptive style, underplaying the dreadful pasts.
The narrator is pitch-perfect in tone, accent and pace. No rushing this one, take your time and listen to the snow settle.
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