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Writer of many voices still scores with just one,
This review is from: Black Swan Green (Paperback)
Mitchell is a fantastic writer, continuing to display chameleon skills with every book. he can write, truthfully, with several different voices, and in several different styles.
In this book, on one level he damps down his pyrotechnics,by staying with one narrator throughout, rather than 'linking' different stories.
What he ends up with is a book of more traditional structure, following the journey of a adolescent boy, growing up in the early 80's in Worcestershire, with his own painful and often funny adolescence set against a backdrop of the Falklands War.
Whilst Mitchell can easily match Sue Townsend (Adrian Mole) with comedic touches, he also connects with something much more visceral and poignant.
His engaging narrator learns a lot in the space of a year about some very adult issues. This is a much easier book to read than Mitchell's others, and his craft is displayed much less flamboyantly, but is no less satisfying
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Initial post: 11 Feb 2015 04:36:31 GMT
What a beautifully written review! You should try writing something yourself if you haven't already.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2015 10:17:03 GMT
Lady Fancifull says:
Thank you for your kind words Dave. I stick to reviews though.
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