A review of this — 6 years ago
This book was so much better than I ever could have anticipated. Carey created an entire world, and it was very easy to get lost in the story. It gave me such a feeling of realism I had to remind myself that it was not a true story based on real people. I can see why Carey is often compared to Dickens; he is like an artist who can, with a few carefully placed brushstrokes, create a drawing of a person that seems ready to step off of the page. Although he obviously knew where the story was going, he never let the characters in on it (much like real life), letting them feel their way to their destinies and never letting it feel preordained.