Bright and Distant Shores

Bright and Distant Shores

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Chicago, 1897. An obsessive collector and insurance magnate commissions the world's tallest building. Determined to compete with Marshall Field's recent donation of $1 million to found the Field Museum, the tycoon funds a private collecting voyage into the Pacific.
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2011
ISBN: 9781439198865
Characteristics: 504 p. : map ; 23 cm


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May 17, 2016

Gotta agree with the other comments. It was a lot of story. Could have used some editing. It wasn't a painful slog (and I've read several of those), but it was a lot and moved really slow in places. And even after all that, it felt a little unfinished. 5 out of 10

sewdaisy Dec 31, 2011

Did not finish. This one seemed ike a lot of work to read.
Historical fiction, 1890's, sailing ships to South Pacific.

Dec 11, 2011

I really wanted to like this book. The reviews of it seemed good, and the story sounded really interesting. The writing was certainly detailed, but it felt so flat, like there wasn't any emotion behind it. This made the people feel like robots, and the story was just too predictable. It also felt like convenient little details were tacked on everywhere, without a proper backstory. A lot of telling, not showing, basically. Very disappointing.


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