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REVISITING THE 1950's
on 21 April 2014
I received a copy of ‘The Four Streets’ via Goodreads – First Reads and Head of Zeus, publishing.
I would like to express that I hold no particular political opinion and I have never viewed ‘I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here’. I had no prior knowledge about the author. My knowledge of the author was gained after I read the book and as I went in search of other reviews, wishing to compare my views of the book with others.
It was in so doing that I came across a large number of 5* review ratings and had started to question my judgement. I acknowledge opinions differ and as a relative of mine used to say “Different Strokes for Different Folks!” however I couldn’t help thinking, had I read the same book? Quotes such as “unable to put down”, “brilliant from start to finish”, “if this isn’t a best seller I’ll eat my hat” and “riveting read” to name but a few. Alas I do not share these views.
This type of book is usually my genre of choice – I am a child of the 1950’s and raised in a Roman Catholic household.
The story was slow to start, I was initially ‘put off’ by the first sentence which reminded me of a line from a song, which kept ruminating in my head. The plot gradually improved, however the majority of the characters were not particularly endearing. In my opinion the book lacked depth and was not well constructed.
In the books’ defence the author depicts life of the struggling working classes in the 1950’s very well and a number of emotive issues are covered. I will not go into further details fearing I may spoil the reading experience.
For me a good book is one that takes me to another place in which I am totally absorbed – ‘The Four Street’ did not do that for me.
This review honestly reflects my opinion on this book.
I understand that there is to be a ‘follow up’ book – well needless to say I will not be returning to these streets!