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The life stories of Terry Dean, his half-brother Martin Dean, and Martin’s son, Jasper, make up most of the fractions of this novel. Sometimes the first-person narrator is Martin, sometimes it is ... Read full review
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Q. How did you like the book?
A. A saga, a family saga, told in part by the son, Jasper Dean, and in part by the father, Martin Dean. If you're an American, like me, who has only visited Australia briefly on cruise ships, you will learn a lot about that country and its surrounds, such as Thailand. But the novel is more than Australia. Steve, the author, endeavors to discuss life's important issues here, including the hereafter, evolution, love, everything. Yet, as he implies in the title, all this is just a fraction of the whole thing.
Q. So did the author succeed in making the book interesting?
A. I would say yes to that. It does bog down in parts, and maybe get a bit repetitious in spots, but overall, Steve paces it well. The two perspectives, father and son, help in pacing and in supplying the reader with their different viewpoints. There are a host of other characters, including the mothers, wives, girlfriends, a Rupert Murdoch seeming fellow, a Thai doctor who doesn't want to be a doctor. It's a long book. You have to stay with it to get the full flavor.
Q. Do you recommend the book?
A. Yes, but only to serious readers. Casual readers or those ensconced in a genre, mystery, romance, whatever, probably won't like the way the story goes on. But a whole family saga, from the childhood of the father to the adulthood of the son does take some time, so the book is well over 500 pages, at least the edition I read. But I'm glad I did read it.