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Gower Street. Hardcover – 1 August 1973
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (1 August 1973)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0671215507
- ISBN-13 : 978-0671215507
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A sparkling start to a saga that looks promising and is very entertaining.
We begin in the early 1800’s with a wealthy, self made spice merchant giving a child from the slums of London a chance in life. As the boy has no name, he is given the name of Abel Lackland, and as he grows, his intelligence and ability become more and more apparent.
There is drama aplenty in and surrounding the household of his benefactor Jesse Constam, and this all adds up to a very good and engrossing tale.
I had this book sometime before reading it, and had never read anything by the much loved Claire Rayner previously, and was very pleasantly surprised. The writing is crisp, the detail accurate and, if a saga is to your taste , you are in for a feast.
Each book bears the name of an area which is central to the story, this one being Gower Street. I am starting immediately on the second book, cannot wait to see what happens next.
I loved these books the first time round and have fallen in love with them all over again. I can nearly smell the odours, see the filth and squalor these poor people live in, taste the food. You just become engrossed, it's as if you actually know each person. You feel their pain, their joy, love, hate, every up and down that befalls them.
I won't go into too much detail as I don't want to spoil anyone's fun. The characters in each book are all interrelated in some way or other, be it business, family, chance?
Their stories take you away on a trip through the old streets and parts of London in such a way that you feel you are standing in them, or walking in the backstreets waiting for someone to jump out at you. If I have to stop reading, I can't wait to get back to it.
I didn't even realise the amount of time that had passed while reading this, when suddenly it was 4am. I love books that pull you in like this.
If there was anything that I could find fault with if I really really tried, it was descriptions. I sometimes found they went into too much detail. Not if it was a place, smell, clothes, or a room, but I found myself reading over and over one line that seemed to haunt me and it was, about characters tilting their head to the side, He did it, she did it, the next one did it. That annoyed me slightly, to the point I sometimes thought I was reading a previous book.
The other thing was descriptions of faces right down to the type of eyelashes the colour, eyebrows, and so on and on every single detail of everyone's face. It annoyed me to the extent I had to flick passed them. It started to look a bit like padding the stories out.
Anyway, my grumpiness about these irritations may be because I read too much till to late lol. I just found it a bit too noticeable, On saying that though, I'm definitely enjoying the books and it hasn't affected my pleasure, I will still be buying the next 5 as soon as I finish these.
If you've never read Claire's books give them a try, Great writing from a very great lady who is sadly no longer with us. Enjoy!!