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a tale of friendship and grunge rock,
This review is from: Oh Well, Whatever, Never Mind: A Novel (Kindle Edition)Steve Karmazenuk has written a fascinating novel here focusing on the bond of friendship that exists between a number of young Canadians growing up during the grunge years of the early 1990s. We first meet the characters in early 1991 and the book takes us up to 1994 using the death of Kurt Kobain to draw the story to a close.
Steve is a skilful writer who has managed to give each character a distinctive narrative voice and engaging personalities to make the reader care about the situations they are in. there are sections of real humour and joy here, but also sections of genuine sadness. The character I felt most empathy with was Pascal who nurses a secret passion for Sophie over many years but, as I said, all the characters were interesting and I, as the reader cared about them and wanted to read on.
One comment I would make is that the explicit sex scenes and frequent talk about drugs may put off some readers but, within the context of the story, I felt they were appropriate and added a real sense of reality to the story.
My only criticism is that, at times, the book feels over-long. The book is told from a number of different perspectives and, for the most part this is pulled off really well. We read the same events from different points of view and each perspective adds to the plot. There are sections however where a number of characters relate an incident but nothing really gets added to the overall narrative.
That aside, this is a fun book and people growing up in the 1990s or who have an interest in that time and music will find much to savour here.
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Initial post: 9 Jun 2011 18:13:54 BDT
Steve Karmazenuk says:
The Rave chapters, wasn't it? Too much of the same too often? In retrospect I might have written them out, but the police action described (And the security guard with the shotgun in the narrator's face) actually happened, but I guess that those chapters fall under the "You had to be there to appreciate it" category. Apologies, but cheers for the review!
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