It is impossible not to compare this novel to Matterhorn. Both are complete epics that suck you into the harsh and brutal worlds they both depict. They are also both deeply personal and political stories. However there is much more room in Deep River for Marlantes to explore. This novel is richly built and layered with a cast of characters that grows and expands as each sibling slowly and carefully carves out their new lives far from home and then must fight and make sacrifices to keep it. … More Karl Marlantes’ DEEP RIVER
Ruby Porter’s writing grips you from the opening volley of words. Her writing has the intensity of Sally Rooney, the rawness of Andrew McGahan’s Praise and 1988 but is also distinctly original. The narrator of the novel infuses the story with an amazing voice that is immensely fragile and beautifully haunting.
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This amazing novel is set in Zambia over two centuries and follows three generations from three families whose lives become coiled together. Namwali Serpell’s debut is not just genre defying but genre encompassing; part-fairy tale, part-historical epic, it is a tragic love story and cutting edge science fiction. This book literally has it all. With echoes of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas and Richard Powers’ The Overstory this sweeping, drifting story is a perfect commentary on the 21st Century and all its failings including those still to come.
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