This has had to be one of the best reading experiences of the year for me. Having begun this trilogy in 1920 and followed the core characters for almost 70 years so far the final book was always going to be one tinged with a little sadness. But Jane Smiley still has some surprises up her sleeve.
What I was most interested in with the final book was how the book would feel once it started entering a more contemporary setting. As the story enters the 90s and into the 00s it doesn’t miss a beat, continuing to weave the big moments of history in with the small. Some of the big events even catch you by surprise. Twice Jane Smiley had me reeling as she caught me completely unawares.
My only gripe, and this goes for the entire trilogy, was that once the story passed the modern-day it did lose it’s way. While there were some key moments between 2015 and 2020 that were pulled off perfectly the background which was one of the key strengths of the entire series became jarring. It almost felt that Jane Smiley imagined too much change for the next five years and it was out of context with the rest of the trilogy.
In saying that though this remains one of my favourite reads of the year. I completely fell for The Langdon family and all its extensions. I loved the way the story finished and this is going to leave a small hole in my reading heart for the next few months. A remarkable achievement which I cannot recommend highly enough.
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Classification: Fiction & related items » Historical fiction
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publish Date: 8-Oct-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom