21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Meanders a bit to start with, but worth persevering,
This review is from: Charlotte Street (Paperback)
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I took a while to read this; it sat on my bedside for weeks, the bookmark moving slowly through it in fits and starts as I read all sorts of other books to avoid reading it. But... I hung on in there and found myself getting interested, getting involved, and finally realising that whatever the blurb says, this is actually a book about getting through life after its kicked you rather hard, even if some of the kicking was self-administered.
It has some funny bits - I loved the "family" trip to Whitby - and some fine characterisations, but it was too slow to get going. I'll maybe read it again, now I know its worth the effort, so I'll hang on to it for a bit.
Interestingly, it's better in retrospect. Now I've got to the end I can see where it came from whereas at the start I couldn't for the life of me see where it was going - hmmm, isn't that usually the way with novels? What I think I mean is that I can understand now why the start was slow and directionless - it was reflecting Jason's life, and as he starts to get to grips with "stuff", the book tightens up and moves more purposefully.
So, in summary; funny, well drawn, with a broad range of supporting characters, but be prepared for a meandering first half.
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Initial post: 26 Apr 2013 11:47:39 BDT
Amazon Customer says:
"it's better in retrospect" - exactly how I felt. Left a pleasant feeling behind even if it was a little bit slow when I was actually reading it.
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