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I am surprised by how effective and by how much I enjoyed the plural point of view used in the writing. Nesbit told the story from the group perspective rather than being centered on or limited to several individual characters. Instead of distancing the reader from the characters I thought it accentuated how Los Alamos and the nuclear program were a group effort involving scientists and their families from around the country and around the world.
The story highlighted a fascinating time in history and effectively put a personal and human face on the project, its dangers and outcomes. I enjoyed hearing about the wild nature and native culture of New Mexico and life in the isolated military compound of Los Alamos.
I thought Gilbert did a good job with the narration. Do be aware that this book offers the day in and day out human experience of this time in the format of a novel. If you are interested in a comprehensive history of the atomic bomb it is best to look to a different book. That said, I enjoyed the textural feeling offered by this work of historic fiction.
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At first the plural voice "We" seemed odd, but as I listened it became more like the voice of a greek chorus. Imagining these women brought along, having to move blindly without knowing the details or where they were going, and the lives they lived while their husbands built something that still threatens life on this planet to this day, is amazing because it sounds so normal, the wives created a community, while their husbands worked on something which had the power to end a war and the world.
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