Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks

About the book

As young boys both Jacques Rebière and Thomas Midwinter become fascinated with trying to understand the human mind. As psychiatrists, their quest takes them from the squalor of the Victorian lunatic asylum to the crowded lecture halls of the renowned Professor Charcot in Paris; from the heights of the Sierra Madre in California to the plains of unexplored Africa. As the concerns of the old century fade and the First World War divides Europe, the two men’s volatile relationship develops and changes, but is always tempered by one exceptional woman; Thomas’s sister Sonia.

Reviewed by Havers Reading Group:

Exceptional book. Well researched and quite a powerful story. To some highly emotional especailly the African chapters.

Star rating: ****

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2 thoughts on “Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks”

  1. Review by Arle Reading Group:
    We felt this was a very long, complex novel that lacked any sense of time, place or reality. The background was clearly well-researched but the excessive detail would have benefited from judicious editing.
    Rating: 2 Stars

  2. Review by Arle Reading Group:
    We felt this was a very long, complex novel that lacked any sense of time, place or reality. The background was clearly well-researched but the excessive detail would have benefited from judicious editing.
    Rating: 2 Stars

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