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May 03, 2011


This is one of the better novels I have read in recent years. The story line is complex and over several generations, but ties together. You get a sense of the country, the changing cultures over two generations, the true awful impact of war on civilians, harsh topography and impact of ignorance and superstition, along with caring and love and family loyalty.

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