This is one of the best books I've read in a long, long time. I already miss the characters. Nicholls does an incredible job of capturing both the female and mail perspectives.
Disappointing and rambling, this is definitely not one of his best. I felt extremely cheated by the ending, which depended too much on the supernatural and tied things up too rapidly and with a heavy-handedness not worthy of this usually adroit author. I like dogs ... have two of them myself. But ENOUGH already with the endless description of the eyes and the coat and the wagging tails, and .... and ... and.
I have read and enjoyed all of this author's books, but find this one to be my favorite so far. Although not without bias, I thought his investigation of the history of Mormon fundamentalism both interesting and insightful. For those outside the faith, the Mormons inherent secrecy and exclusion of gentiles perpetrates an almost insatiable curiosity. Krakauers look at past and present events is riveting reading. I listened to the book nearly without interruption. My only complaint is that an unabridged copy was not available.
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