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on March 30, 2011 :
I have finished The Sensing. Okay I have quite a lot to say (maybe not in words but in import) so are you sitting comfortably? Hold on to your chair or sit down if you are not sitting down. Take a deep breath. I feel I have to be very serious about this because what Gary Kuyper has written here is something very special. I have loved all of his works so far -especially Baltrath, but all of them have a beauty and texture to be
enjoyed. However this is entirely in a different league. I think he has finally found his 'voice'
While it's not perfect and I do have some slight quibbles, for the most part his writing seems to be 'in the zone' and I was 'in the zone' reading it. Nan is a great character, most sensitively drawn and from her first scene, almost to the end of the tale, it has an easy flow about it - mature, and carries the reader along on that mysterious gentle current of intoxication that only a great writer can manage. I would say in places it reminded me of To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye (although that book is a bit bland compared with this) - the greats of American Literature. I am not exaggerating and I had to take a deep breath before writing this as I want to impart to you the significance of what he has achieved and do my duty to literature (gulp).
I have no doubt my references to US fiction are a result of the story being set in the South of America and if he has one final reference point in literature before he literally take off and enters the (solitary) domain of true individualism (in literature) and uniqueness, it is probably American LIterature. I am sure he could do something equally intoxicating if he chose any other genre, however - UK fiction or any other type. All this is just around the corner for him.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)