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A Far Country: A Novel | [Daniel Mason]

A Far Country: A Novel

Raised in a remote village on the edge of a sugarcane plantation, 14-year-old Isabel was born with the gift and curse of "seeing farther". When drought and war grip the backlands, her brother Isaias joins a great exodus to a teeming city in the south. Soon Isabel must follow, forsaking the only home she's ever known, her sole consolation the thought of being with her brother again. But when she arrives, she discovers that Isaias has disappeared.
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Publisher's Summary

Raised in a remote village on the edge of a sugarcane plantation, 14-year-old Isabel was born with the gift and curse of "seeing farther". When drought and war grip the backlands, her brother Isaias joins a great exodus to a teeming city in the south. Soon Isabel must follow, forsaking the only home she's ever known, her sole consolation the thought of being with her brother again. But when she arrives, she discovers that Isaias has disappeared. Weeks and then months pass, until one day, armed only with her unshakable hope, she descends into the chaos of the city to find him.

Told with astonishing empathy, the story of Isabel's quest is a universal tale about the bonds of family and a sister's love for her brother, about journeys and longing, survival and true heroism.

©2007 Daniel Phillipe Mason; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"[An] intriguing parable...fascinating...disturbingly enigmatic....Mason keeps the reader off guard and guessing, and...there's a terrific payoff, a riveting climactic scene." (Kirkus)
"This highly anticipated second novel...doesn't disappoint. Once again Mason employs his unusual, remarkable prose style to tell of a journey of discovery....[he] invests his story with all the power of a fable." (Booklist)

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    cjwheeler 05-17-08
    cjwheeler 05-17-08 Member Since 2005

    I love BOOKS and reading, listening is as good when I can't look at the book. I listen every minute driving.

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    "not so good"

    I read the piano tuner, Daniel Masons first novel a few years back when it first came out and thought it was alright. He has a the talent for discriptive writing and I liked being in the burmese jungle, though I thought story was a little weak and didn't really care for the main character.

    Well this book is worse. The premise sounded interesting, so I listened. When it started the main character had a power or ability and this is what drew me in, in the first place. Then early in the book the power went away and we were left with a character that just wandered around and again I didn't care what happened.

    The author still has a knack for discriptive writing but when what you are discribing is drout, poverty and slums it just didn't do it for me.

    The upside is the reader was alright, I quess.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Arlington, VA, United States 07-16-08
    Sandra Arlington, VA, United States 07-16-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Expected ...something"

    The writer doesn't do much with the characters except to tell us what happens, aimlessly going nowhere. No hope, no reason for the reader to be empathic.

    The narrator is top notch. I'll search for other books she narrates.

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