Reviews of Sparrow Falls, a (1997)
Review by pauljh123 (2007-04-07)
Wilbur Smith manages to create characters of absolute and unmitigated evil. Many of his characters have made me angry and in this book Dirk Courtney comes close enough to having me jump off the sofa in utter outrage.
To rate this book without mentioning the two that go before it (When the Lion Feeds & A Sound of Thunder) would not do justice to this wonderful trilogy.
It's a wonderful tale from boyhood through to old age. The first book is almost 'Huckleberry Finn'ish' in the way you follow the trials and tribulations of the young Courtney brothers.
Throughout the story is underpinned by the majesty of the African wilderness and touched by the sadness and madness of human conflict.
At heart it is of course a love story and again Wilbur Smith catches the magic of early love and makes me smile constantly with his subtle humour and playfulness which shine through in the love stories which are entwined throughout these books.
Sean Courtney the hero of these books is a true giant among men but Wilbur Smith allows us to see his weaknesses and insecurities too and so one feels a real connection with this man.
The twists and turns of the life of Sean Courtney and those around him leave you breathless at times and you long for him to have some peace and to be free from problems. Such is the affection that Wilbur Smith creates for the hero of these three books. I suspect Mr Smith was very sad at the end of this last book in the trilogy.
I have read all of Wilbur Smiths books and this trilogy for me, is the best of all of them.
In all I loved these three books. They are playful, heartwarming, tearjerking, horrifying and utterly spellbinding.