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Of course, any review is going to be subjective. Some people love Whodunnits. Some people love History. Some people love Elizabethen Drama. Etc. I love a Good Story which is Well Told, and this one is among the very best titles I've ever "read". The story is complex yet with few enough main characters as not to have me hopelessly confused. The subtlety and nuance are delicate and well placed. The style is indeed reminiscent of Joseph Conrad but without being derivative. The characters are all most engaging so that one feels for them both when things go well and when they go bad. The writing style is compelling. The author has done his homework with even the smallest details, yet these details are all in the service of the overall tale. And the reader is past excellent. The lover of a well-turned word and phrase, the lover of an engaging tale will find this a most rewarding title.
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The combination works nearly perfectly - a good reader, a good story. The description of the burmese jungle are really beautiful - but not over lengthy to become boring. The psychological insight into the main character is fascinating. I listen to a lot of books on tape and this is one of my favorites (Along with Poisonwood Bible). I definately reccomend this for fiction lovers.
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