Epic and engrossing, despite the fact that I only picked it up to study Mitchener’s style and approach to his subject.
It is old-school, heavy going in many places. This is the opening line of the second paragraph:
Over its brooding surface immense winds swept back and forth, whipping the waters into towering waves that crashed down upon the world’s seacoasts, tearing away rocks and eroding the land.
Shades of Genesis.
In the first chapter, 17 pages, there is no direct speech, there are no characters apart from the unidentified narrator, and the plot events are geologic or climatic. The time spans ‘millions and millions of years’ but, despite that, it is intense. read more …