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but lacking the pathos of a dominant central character. It is told from the first person, but we never really connect with this narrator, and thus, a lot of what happens, tragic as it is, remains distant and the reader is not as moved as he might be, were the narrator a bit more real as a person
There are many books that are this depressing and morbid, but they typically have some message about the strength of the human spirit. This is not one of them. It is merely a wonderfully written story about the degradation of a group of children abandoned to a plague- ridden, deserted village. If you are of fragile emotional health or low constitution, I would advise against this novel.
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