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on Feb. 24, 2012 :
Seldom have I read a book that moved me quite as much, and as deeply, as The Drowning by Richard Herley. From its opening paragraphs set beneath the wartime Atlantic Ocean, where Herley let me think I was reading one type of novel, only to confound me in the second chapter, to its conclusion 70 odd years later, The Drowning never failed to satisfy.
Essentially a love story, the action moves seamlessly between England and Nigeria, and recounts the lives of Roland and Elspeth, both together and apart. The closing chapters are deeply poignant and incredibly moving. I can count on the fingers of one hand books that have left me in tears; this was one of them.
This is a book that should be required reading for any would be writer, and as one such I could only read in admiration. The quality of the writing is superb, and although not normally a jealous person, I am extremely envious of Richard Herley's ability, and wish I could write half as well.
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