Marvelous adventure punctuated by terrific background data about the rainforest and its history. Non-fiction at its best. I'm going to use it in a college course on the Amazon.
I used to love Ursula LeGuin because, true to her anthropological roots, she created alternative realities that were immensely satisfying. But when she went to fantasy, she lost me. This book got me back to those early LeGuin-like moments. Susannah Clarke creates a parallel universe in early 19th Century England, one where the practice of magic is accepted as part of everyday life. It has enough reality and enough fantasy to make it a true page-turner. Honestly, I didn't want to stop listening, even for 36 hours or however long it took. I told everyone about this find, thinking I was discovering a new author. Only then did I discover that Clarke had won the Hugo Award!
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