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Dark, depressing, pointless,
This review is from: The Cement Garden (Paperback)
Seriously dark and morbid, this novel seems to set out to shock but without finding a reason why. It describes four children left orphaned in the family home, and their descent into sloth as they struggle to come to terms with their new life. The decisions they make are unnatural and quite freakish, which starts to suggest a certain inevitability in the conclusion.
But really what is the purpose of this - the pointlessness of their decisions pervades the novel. The characters, barely alive to begin with, slide into emptiness. And the conclusion makes a final attempt to shock before giving up and whimpering to an end.