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The way that Porter handles death is remarkable, and his use of language is astonishing. Quite frankly, it is unlike anything that I have read before, or think I will read again.
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The feelings that you experience whilst reading are revelatory and fraught. My favourite passage has to be where the two young boys describe their father, in his youth, going to a Ted Hughes lecture in Oxford.
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The following section provides an account of events according to 'Cercas', but leaves the reader and author with more questions than answers. The final section focuses on the Cercas' efforts to track down the merciful soldier, to ask him why he did what he did.
Each part of the triptych offers new insights not only into the tale itself, but of the travails of the Spanish nation during and after the Civil War. The result is a novel with an original postmodern approach that provokes timeless questions about the writing of history and nature of heroism.
Who runs the world? In this dystopian re-write of patriarchal history, the answer is: girls. But not as we know them. These are girls who wake up one day to find that they can electrocute a man with a single touch, and for whom the possibilities of using this new power seem to be limitless, at first.
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Because, as the plot unfolds, the devastating burdens of this power begin to reveal themselves. A nuclear war has destroyed civilisation and unleashed a backlash against knowledge and technology. Books are systematically destroyed and anyone who can read is killed. An engineer called Leibowitz tries to rescue books and science. The monks speculate that they are perhaps relics of Leibowitz himself.
But suppose such a man makes an error, social or moral - and makes the further blunder of denying it? During a journey abroad this happens. Afterwards, in London, truth eats its way into his life through the defences of fear, vanity, self-deception, egoism. Friends, and his religious assurance itself, fail him, and step by step he is driven to look at himself in the clearest bearable light.
The other man, Lambert Corry, makes no errors.
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And, though at one moment he runs some risk of recognising himself, his prudence and agility save him from this danger. Apart from the journey through France and the scene in a pilgrimage village in Switzerland, the action takes place in London, much of it in Mott's house on the north side of Hyde Park. Lise and Arnold, pretending to a sophistication neither has, have to find their way back through separate disillusions, to the simplicity of their young love.
The German characters are drawn with a rare knowledge of the conflicts in the German soul: the polished gentleman who will allow any crime for the sake of his family estate; the wound-crippled boys, living on their wits, nerves and passions; the man, at once scholar and brute, who is abandoning the West for the despised and feared East. Behind the suspense of the narrative, and the sharp images of ruin and fever, rises another image - the image, the reality, of Europe, You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.