- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (7 April 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753818612
- ISBN-13: 978-0753818619
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,897,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Alphabet Paperback – 7 Apr 2005
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Kathy Page's novel is a claustrophobic page-turner focused on a manipulative young man called Simon, who's serving a life sentence for having strangled his girlfriend.... Page makes his journey towards partial redemption an intriguing one. (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
A powerful novel about love, loss and redemption - 'One of the strongest novels of the year' Sunday TelegrapgSee all Product Description
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The story is about a young man serving life for murder and how he gradually comes to accept his crime and starts to deal with his problems in building relationships with women. Not the sort of material I would normally choose, but I really felt that I got to understand his feelings and thinking - and by about halfway through I was really rooting for him.
I found this book fascinating reading - it held me both intellectually and emotionally. I would love to know how much research the author did - in particular whether the descriptions of the prisons and the therapies he underwent realistic or completely fictional.
He also begins a course of therapy. Reading and writing have given him the power to look beyond the confined world in which he finds himself. But Simon will have to make himself vulnerable if he is to understand what he has done and what it meant. And in prison that brings risks.
Page brilliantly captures the way prison is both tedious and terrifying. Her prose is understated and there is a bleak humour which runs through the book. By telling the story from Simon's point of view, she challenges the reader. We identify with Simon as he confronts the dangers of change, and the possibility of redemption. Like him we have to face up to the implications.
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It is a good read as well as a telling reminder of the way in which we can fail to fully comprehend our fellow human beings.