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This is an auction for BROTHER TO DRAGONS by David Hartnett. reviews:

"FIVE STARS!!! This novel, set in southern England during the First World War, deserves to be much better known. For this reader two sections stand out particularly: the description in Part 1 of a tense and increasingly fraught barrow "dig" on the south downs in the summer before the outbreak of war and - in Part 3 - the passage where the feverish and hallucinating heroine re-imagines her lover's experience of the first day of the Somme, in the confines of her suburban back garden. A strange and wholly credible descent into physical and emotional turmoil. Unforgettable!"

"FIVE STARS!!! BROTHER TO DRAGONS is a novel of high literary ambition and decisive execution. It is rooted in the Sussex landscape yet continually reaching out to a wider and a deeper history. Its characters - locked in a nightmare of sexual and emotional interdependency - come across as both credible and interesting. In the end this novel does what all good art should do: it moves the reader."

"FIVE STARS! It's not very often you come across a modern novel which is well written. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the depth and intelligence this novel posesses. The characters come across very realistically due to the superb descriptions of their emotions and the landscape is immaculately carved in words. Unfortunately, it is difficult to do this novel any justice with the maximum number of words only being 1000. To understand its brilliant complexity, honesty, realism and utter involvement, one must simply read it."

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Paperback 1999.

440 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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