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A tender exploration of one man's plight,
This review is from: The Short Day Dying (Paperback)
This tenderly written debut novel sensitively deals with one man's discovery of love and crisis of faith.
It's a thoughtful, intelligent novel which almost deliberately calls into question the brutal cynicism of so much modern literature. The novel touches on many important philosophical and theological questions: the nature of suffering and of love, the relationship between nature and God, faith, reason and doubt.
In many ways it's beautifully done. Hobbs's imagery is subtle, and there's a refreshing simplicity to the narrative. But one niggle: written in the first person, and with a sense of the narrator's Cornish roots coming over in the cadences of the sentences, there are a number of quirks in the writing - particularly the absence of much helpful punctuation. I assume that this is attempting to replicate Hobbs's narrator's own style of writing - in which case, surely spelling and capitalization too ought to be suitably archaic and irregular? Yet even in this, there seems to be a purpose - sentences become ambiguous, particularly at some of the novel's most crucial important moments.
Apparently, Hobbs has a collection of short stories due for publication shortly; if this novel is anything to go by, we'll be in for a treat.