At over 900 pages, this is the longest novel I've read in many years, but it won't be the last. The delight of becoming immersed in such a long story is unparalleled and I'd forgotten how much I'd missed the experience. This story spans thirty years of Macklin Chance's life, from adolescence onwards, and as Mack lives and ages, so does California. It's difficult to say which is the real star of the story, the protagonist or the 31st US state – both are tormented, their future shaped and carved by brutality, injustice, greed, violence, poverty and an endless, undying hope.
I've never been one for reading history books, but this novel combines history with well crafted characters to entertain and inform. It's an entertaining read. Beyond that, I admire the work that went into creating this, especially the years of research and the blending of actual historical personalities with fictional. Well worth reading, just allow a bit of time....Continua