This is a story of two brothers who are of very different natures. One is, at first blush, self-absorbed and manipulative. The other is ostensibly self-effacing and acquiescent. But do they completely fit these descriptions? The answer is more complex than it seems. I'm not sure that this "smoke and mirrors" aspect of the characters should be paramount in how the tale is sustained. There is more than enough material in the story to absorb the reader without depending upon the vacillating natures of the brothers. And it is well written, but the potential reader should be cautioned that it was written in the early 1800s about life in the early 1700s and, as a result, the language, expressions, and reactions are of their time. For those wishing to take a dip back in time, this is the vehicle for you....Continua
Truly nineteenth-century in its boringness.
The book has highs and lows (mostly lows), with moments of clarity in which you say "that starts to make sense, go for it Bob!" and other of quite profound despair at the uselessness of certain actions of the characters in the story, of certain characters in the story, or of the story.