The Navigator Book Review by Mark Jacobson Job Carter - more a description of his occupation than his name – is a grand raconteur, or teller of tales, always about his younger days, mainly told to his son in law or grandson, and many designed to shock, but entertain, the listener. The veracity of these cannot be vouched for but their historical relevance captures the spirit of those times, from the late eighteenth to mid-nineteenth century. Historically this spans four Monarchs: George III, IV, William IV and Victoria. Starting with the bare bones recorded of Job Carter, Steve has enriched the tale by fleshing it out judiciously. The resulting narrative is easy to read, flowing from tale to tale with fluidity. Also, in using a larger than normal font size, the print is much easier on ageing eyes! Each tale is a separate story but the character of Job Carter is exposed, likeable, if of an earlier age with different morals, so not necessarily understood in this more modern era. It also encompasses the contest between Church and Chapel which arose during this period, incorporating the temperance movement in the disputes. Job was a great believer in the sober use of ale, and less enamoured of drunken sots! At the conclusion of this enjoyable book one is left with a single question: is it an historic novel, or a fantastic tale told to entrance?
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