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An icy narrative lacking the intimacy and high drama of prior yarns. Even the caddish Frank Lloyd Wright ("The Women") exacts more compassion than anyone in this book (except Anise's mother, who disappears). Never completely sold on the science or ethics, which come across muddled. Anthony Heald surely shines, but would have preferred the author himself reading it with less fanfare. Doesn't come close to "The Tortilla Curtain," which put the reader, not wild hogs, in the crosshairs. Does offer the usual, brilliant, unparalleled descriptions and narration one expects from T. C. Boyle, making it worth the effort; but, alas, a rimshot compared to his previous masterworks of moral reckoning.
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There's no doubt this book is well-written, and it is an interesting insight into the Channel Islands. The mechanics of the plot are interesting. My biggest struggle with it was that I just didn't care about the characters - the best two are a shipwrecked woman in the beginning and a cook on a sheep ranch towards the middle - but they're not the major characters and we don't spend much time with them. Both major characters - Alma and Dave - are one-dimensional and neither interesting nor sympathetic, and Dave is downright unpleasant but not in an engaging way. The reader, Anthony Heald, is not a good match for the womens' story lines since so much of their stories are physical and interior. And he is distractingly snide in an overblown way when reading Dave's storyline, which is irritating enough without the overblown tone. The best thing about this book was my visit to Santa Cruz Island to see what the fuss was about, and it is spectacular. The people in this book who are so caught up with these islands are mostly broken and don't demonstrate any growth through the book. However, the plot itself was interesting enough that I stuck it out until the end to find out what happened.
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