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This review is from: 26a (Paperback)I had to persevere with this and even then ended up skimming the last 30 or so pages. Why this has won prizes is beyond me. It is very much a case of style over substance with each sentence reminding you that this is a book that has been written by someone who thought very carefully about words. In other words you never forget that you're reading a book.
The narrative viewpoint is in constant flux, a neat enough trick if wielded with the relevant skill.
This is not a book about London, or what it's like to grow up in London. It didn't even strike me as being a book about what it was like to be an immigrant growing up in London. The awful attempt at poetry-type prose constantly got in the way of whatever it was meant to be.
The ending is sign-posted, too. All in all, nothing really to recommend about this. I will avoid further efforts from this authour like the plague.
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2008 18:57:15 GMT
IF Mulholland says:
I don't think you read the same book as me. It is beautifully written, with real characters and real emotions
In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2009 17:32:18 BDT
BlestMiss T says:
I agree with IF Mulholland. I think whoever wrote this review never got passed their own presumptions about what the book should be.
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