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The author weaves a readable saga, with multitudes of characters and stories related to each. Seemingly separate but all will be interlinked. For example, on pg. 485, the reappearance of a character Katie leads Gideon to a conversation about Katja. Katie had not been mentioned nor featured since the first chapter at the beginning of the book. In the midst of the book pages 369-370 I noted that I disliked the switching back and forth between characters and stories. Malcolm Webberly has just been run down walking his dog Alf and then the tale switches back to Gideon. Still it is well written and there are many passages worth noting.
Pg 132, about failure, " "Sometimes you fail. You don't intend to. You don't even contemplate failure. But it happens. It comes out of nowhere and it takes you by surprise and before you have a chance to stop even to react in some useless way, it's on you. Failure."
Pg 161, "life wasn't a continuum of events, although it wore the guise of exactly that. Instead, it was actually a carousel. In infancy one mounted a galloping pony and started out on a journey during which one assumed that circumstances would change as the expedition continued. But the truth of life was that it was an endless repetition of what one had already experienced...round and round and up and down on that pony. And unless one dealt with whatever challenges one was meant to deal with along the route, those challenges appeared again and again in one form or another till the end of one's days."
Page 571, "left with her thoughts, those mischievous companions of one's solitude."
Overall I enjoyed the tome, but at times I felt it could have speeded along. Masterful writing none the less. I give this 4 ****