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1.0 out of 5 stars Left me cold, 23 May 2008
This review is from: South of the River (Paperback)
Rarely have I struggled as much to finish a book or been so indifferent to its main characters. The novel starts off promisingly but descends into a meandering plot (and I use the term loosely). I could not have cared less about Nat, Libby and Anthea; frankly they deserved one another. For me, Nat especially had no redeeeming qualities at all. The plot also jumps certain events and the reader only becomes aware they have happened sometimes a year later which did not help the continuity of the tale. It is as if the author is enjoying witholding the information and delighting in his own imagined cleverness. It simply does not ring true that a woman like Libby would put up with Nat without complaint and then move on to the even dodgier Damien who might as well have warning lights over his head. In my opinion, the rambling contributions by Nat's deceased father are an irritating distraction that add nothing to story and can be skipped. The only character that seemed half human was Uncle Jack. I could not understand what the author was trying to achieve with the underlying fox theme throughout. I thought Harry's character surplus to even the meagre requirements of the novel and found him a cliched racial stereoype. All in all, for me this book was an excercise in writer's smuggery and possibly anti-hunting propaganda. I cannot imagine who these characters or indeed this disjointed novel would appeal to.
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Initial post: 6 Jul 2008 14:41:21 BDT
Anna R says:
I agree with this review - I found it a struggle to get to the end of this book, with it's unlikeable characters. There was the beginnings of an interesting thriller with the story of the missing 3 year old boy, but this went nowhere. The ending was disappointing and really told me nothing, other than that i had wasted a couple of weeks reading this book. I have really enjoyed all of Morrison's non-fiction and I expected more of him as a novelist.
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