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Loved the writing, hated the story - possible spoilers ahead.,
This review is from: The Death of Grass (Penguin Modern Classics) (Kindle Edition)
The most apalling introduction. Ever. Virtually gives away every significant event in the book including the end. I urge you not to read it.
The book itself...very mixed feelings about it. It is one I lay awake til 4 or 5 in the morning because I wanted to know what happened next, it is written in such a way it's almost impossible to put down but many of the plotlines simply don't ring true.
The men are driven to desperate murderous measures within hours of learning they may have to live on potatoes, women are depicted as meek, acquiescent, weak and thick. To the point that a teenage girl whose parents have just been murdered in cold blood happily joins the merry band and is 'taken' as a wife by one of them. The fact that all this is supposedly in a nation that merely a decade before had lived through rationing, blackouts and potential bombing for seven years just doesn't ring true.
My first thoughts as the plotline is given away in the introduction was 'that's a bit rich' when it is clear the protagonist is heading for his brother's farm. This was dismissed when, a little way into the book it is revealed that he was, after all invited...but when he starts adding to his motley collection and turns up with nearly 40 people, I found myself rolling my eyes.
Not a book I'll ever bother reading again. This has been compared to Day of the Triffids - it is not a (cabbage) patch on that novel.