Now We Shall Be Entirely Free: The Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2019

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Now We Shall Be Entirely Free: The Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2019

Now We Shall Be Entirely Free: The Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2019

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There is a lot of suffering in the novel: that harsh experience, grief, and failure should make us welcome, not turn away from, joy is one of the lessons Lacroix struggles to learn and that Miller, indirectly, offers us in our turn. Miller is no conventional “historical novelist”, but he has set all his fiction to date in an Elsewhere. The joy of reading an Andrew Miller novel is his obvious passion for story and sensual language, and his ability to interweave the two seamlessly.

And the re-issue of the book is from Europa Editions–it seems that every book I have read under that publishing house I really like (The Elena Ferrante Neopolitan series; The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery). The result, for each, is heightened vulnerability and a slight withdrawal from a world that can no longer be fully perceived. Now We Shall Be Entirely Free is a historical novel, a love story, an adventure yarn to rival the best, and a suspenseful thriller that kept me, many times, quickly turning the pages.

The minor characters are drawn well enough in vignettes, and Emily (the romantic connection) is plausible in that women of that era were severely constrained by propriety and a lack of opportunity.

I literally just finished the book and yet I would still struggle to tell you anything significant that happens in it - for some reason the majority of the story revolves around a woman’s decision to have eye surgery? He has I think succeeded in that but failed in drawing in this reader – as perhaps my choice of opening quote indicates.There is a villain but one gets acquainted with this villain’s childhood, and…well I won’t say anything more because I don’t want to include any spoilers about this book. According to this article at the Guardian, when asked what it meant to be a novelist Andrew Miller replied:“Eyes open, heart open, feet on the ground. I didn’t like the writing style and at page 219 I still hadn’t connected with any the characters, I just didn’t care about anything or anyone.

Meanwhile in Spain a military court has found him guilty, and a violent and unscrupulous corporal is sent to pursue him with a Spanish soldier for company. I have already purchased his previous books which will take pride of place on my favourite bookshelf. First off, on the back cover this is sold as 'The world of Jane Austen bespattered by mud, atrocity and driving rain' when in reality this book doesn't remotely remind me of Austen, not even a smidgen.From the opening paragraphs the reader is informed that the setting is 1809, more than two centuries ago. In the course of his journey, Lacroix experiences both the best and worst of humanity, experiencing violence but also the kindness of strangers. His debut, Ingenious Pain (1997), and his 2015 novel, The Crossing, contain protagonists who respectively cannot feel pain and have an immensely high tolerance to it.

Until the final page it seemed any number of endings were possible, that his characters still had chances and choices. I cared so little that I wasn’t even curious about revelations about the mystery that drove the whole chase (and it was obvious in the middle of the book, I waited for a twist that never came). Peace and quiet are conveyed by Nell's calm , sure ministering of John betraying however John's inner turmoil over guilt and post trauma of war.He looks at how war begets a violence in some men, how war can strip away their humanity and moral conscience. John meets a whole host of memorable characters on the way - my particular favourites were the residents of the Hebrides. Already ensconced on the island is a small family of idealists, living their utopian dream in much the same way that Coleridge and others planned to do on the banks of the Susquehanna River. With writing that's elegiac and enthralling, this is a chase story with a wry edge and a romantic heart.

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