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The Great Stink

2 Ratings: 3.5
A book by Clare Clark

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Author: Clare Clark
Publisher: Harcourt; First Edition. edition (October 3, 2005)
2 reviews about The Great Stink
review by . August 14, 2008
Very good first novel about junior engineer on the great London sewer project of the mid-19th century. Now that may sound boring, but the young engineer was brutally injured during the Crimean War, an action that has lasting impact on him and directs the story.     Clark is a historian, and once in a while the historical background of the novel reads more like a research paper instead of being written into the story, but it never derails the well-drawn plot underneath.    For …
review by . April 12, 2009
The Great Stink
William Henry May, mapmaker and surveyor, joins England's battle against the Russians in the Crimean War, but is wounded and consigned to a filthy hospital ship, where he languishes almost unto death. Given to unaccountable rages and despair, May never imagines he will survive to be recalled to London. He has frozen into uncaring acceptance of his predicament, but recovers the will to live, the raw emotion so painful that he begins to cut himself, the self-mutilation a relief for his overburdened …
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