"The first chapter works really well, but as the novel progresses it gets increasingly less lyrical and more confusing in terms of plot, time and characters. Although there are aspects to admire, there's a lot of material that is both conventional and cumbersome."
"Starred Review. Roberts's polished, ornately wrought prose adds depth and a sense of acute realism to her captivating story - which flows seamlessly between the protagonists as they take turns narrating this accomplished and inspired novel of wartime France." - Publishers Weekly
"A worthy novel unusual for its tough-minded, unsparing story and the restrained method of its telling." - Kirkus Reviews
"Roberts, daughter of a French mother and an English father, is neither harsh nor lenient in her view of what happens in small towns when the population faces hunger, terror, coercion and bribery. No extraordinary acts force open the trap that holds her characters. For all the poetic richness of her writing, Roberts is a realist, and Ignorance is a novel of considered maturity." - Helen Dunmore, The Guardian (UK)
"Ignorance is a novel about moral choices. It's also about the chances in life that make some people comfortable even as they fail to comprehend their good fortune. Different characters tell the same story, moving backwards and forwards in time. Sometimes Jeanne's voice, with its imaginative flights, sounds more like Roberts's than a young woman of her time. But Marie-Angele's boundless complacency hides a gripping story of fear, arrests and personal tragedy." - Joan Smith, The Independent (UK)
"Her deceptively simple narrative provides a devastating critique of religious hypocrisy and bourgeois morality, couched in gloriously pointillist prose." - Michael Arditti, Daily Mail (UK)
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