The Blasphemer, Nigel Farndale

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16.2.2012

Just about to start this: good reviews on Goodreads and an interesting cover… All bodes well!

18.2.2012

Finding the dialogue in this book the most irksome thing. The characters seem likeable enough, the war scenes are impressively described, some of the narrative is genuinely witty and has been read out loud to my wife. But the dialogue is just jarring. The author doesn’t seem to have an ear for how people actually talk to each other! Perhaps because I’m reading The Shipping News by Annie Proulx at the same time who DOES have a GREAT ear for dialogue ….

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