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The Hidden

I can't find a good book to listen to on audio at the moment. I have been listening to The Hidden by Tobias Hill but I can't really stick with it. It's well written, and the concept is good, but I dislike the characters and it doesn't have enough forward momentum to grip me. The story is that an archaeology student runs away to winter Greece to escape a failed marriage and gets work on a dig in Sparta (as was). What is beautifully conveyed is his developing belief that there was something hideously wrong with ancient Sparta, that it was infected with compulsive violence, perhaps through some curse on the land itself. I suspect that the student desires victimisation, that is what draws him to this image of Sparta, and as the story develops he will become a kind of scapegoat or helot for the rest of the archaeologists. But this is a depressing journey in the company of a bunch of nasty snobby bullies, so I am going to put it down unfinished.

On the plus side Yellow Blue Tibia and The City and the City both arrived in the post so I have paper-reading to do.
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