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Ugly, heart breaking tragic, unpleasant reading
on 8 July 2014
I found this book to be unrelentingly disturbing and unpleasant. There are really no redeeming features, everything is black.
So much violence, grief, and anger, all acted out in front of a very well written, vulnerable and entirely believable small boy.
As a side dish, an unfortunate school of whales beach themselves hopelessly on the beachfront where the action mostly takes place.
Not my cup of tea, although I understand that there has to a peg on which to hang a tale, and most often that will be an untimely end for someone undeserving.
Maybe I'm a wimp but the fighting and rough stuff just took over. I felt it was too depressing and was glad to get to the end of it.