Sunday, June 10, 2012

Book Review: Penmarric by Susan Howatch

PenmarricPenmarric by Susan Howatch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I enjoyed reading this a lot.  The writing is really excellent and draws the reader through the story.  The motivations of the characters, the relationships between the characters, the voices of the characters are all so well done.  Her characters, too, do not remain static but mature, grow, and change and their voices reflect this.  Sympathies with one character narrator become antipathies with the next.  Howatch teaches us how to consider the perspective of those we love ... and those we hate.

I am constantly impressed with how Howatch can move story lines between centuries and situations and make them relevant so the reader learns about both periods and the people and places she sets them in.

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