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Nov 29 2015, 11:58 AM
@Bjorn, which books of his did you read? He has two distinctive stages in his career, so someone who likes the former might not enjoy the latter. Revolutions is nominally a parallel bildungsroman. A young adolescent growing up in contemporary times who learns about his great-grandfather, the chapters switching viewpoints. It has a panoply of his favored topoi: nature, a lost paradise, the wickedness of man, the ennui of academy, war, national identity, pop culture, nautical adventures, food, childhood. It's ambitious, messy, at times pandering, and I doubt you'll go away from it changed for life, but it's a fun, enjoyable read.
I've read books from both his eras, specifically Terra Amata and Raga and ... some other book I can't think of just now. I probably preferred Terra Amata for its innovativeness, but there was something in the measured mythtelling of the latter that I really liked too.
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