on Oct. 17, 2013 :
The story told in this book is immensely powerful and extremely personal with vivid pastoral imagery and merciful modesty amidst scenes of great love and violent war. The characters are endearing and they are very human. When they laugh you are happy and when they cry you are bereft. The details of the characters do not derail the plot. The story flows beautifully and tragically, seamless throughout. Love is love, and its many forms are not given greater or lesser value from one another in this tale. There is a great message of love, sacrifice and humility. That message is delivered masterfully, leaving the reader to experience a devastating heartache and stunning gratitude.
The amount of pastoral detail throughout the book is perfectly logical given the setting and the characters. But the details may feel overly dense. The plot makes up for the heavy poetics and the reader should not be deterred. I admit I glossed over a few paragraphs where my mind simply would not wait.
Ultimately a very worthy read.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)