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Thursday, 8 March 2012

The Tunnels of Tarcoola

Publisher: Allen & Unwin, 2012.

didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing

This book is touted by the publisher as an Enid Blyton-style read, and at first I thought, yes that's true - sexist, traditional, formulaic and slightly stilted. The old-fashioned teenagers' names and lack of apparent technology added to this impression, as did the excessive sighing, gasping, breathing, imploring and grumbling rather than just saying. However, once the plot picked up pace and layers, and the colorful secondary characters began to add depth, the story became quite riveting. The sense of the present immersed in the past was compelling; possibly the author has a better feel for history than for young adults. Certainly, the personal histories and portrayals of the older adults in the story are refreshingly interesting. Ultimately, the story wrapped up with a very satisfying, all-plots-tied up, feel-good ending. Worth a look. Also published on GoodReads 10 March 2012. http://www.goodreads.com

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