On the Night Plain, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


From the author of "The Light of Falling Stars" and "The Funnies", this is a story about a man who reluctantly accepts his birthright in a sheep-ranching family torn apart by tragedy.




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This is the story of a young man who leaves his family's backwater ranch and tragic past to start properly living life, only to find himself coming full circle and returning to his bleak and barren homeland where nothing will ever be the same again.The first quarter of this book I really struggled with. I am all for prose over plot, and the writing was beautiful in places, but it was dull as ditchwater, with the main protagonist meeting too many irrelevant people. The story seemed to be going nowhere, I couldn't connect with the main character, and if I wasn't limited to the small stack of books I'd taken on holiday with me I'd probably have given up.BUT... I'm glad I didn't. The part that I struggled with was Lennon describing Grant's travels away from the family sheep ranch, but once the character returned to the homestead the story became beautiful, evocative and heart-wrenching. I understand why Lennon needed Grant to go on his journey for the rest of the story to make sense, but it's a shame it resulted in such a poor start to the novel.I ended up really enjoying this book. The characters on the ranch were fantastically executed, the western setting was enthralling, and the plot had me gripped. I've been interested in this author for a while, and look forward to reading some more of his work.This could easily have been 4 stars +, but the very slow start let it down. 3.5 stars, but one to recommend nonetheless.

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