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Difficult. Depressing. Dire.
The book, as a written piece of work is excellent. David Abbott does know how to write well. The words flow and the pages turn easily, quickly, without effort on the part of the reader. But another piece of pure depression you are unlikely to find among its shelfmates. It made me despair of the single, older male out there. The man divorced, wedded to his work and then forced into early retirement who has so alientated himself from his family and friends that he is alone in this world and it is not a happy world for him or those who pass by his way.
To begin this work with such a horrific accident involving the grandson is, in my opinion, awful. It is almost as though the main character has to be destroyed before you even understand why. There is ugliness in these pages. Hateful, hurtful behaviour on the part of almost all the characters that is soul destroying. Who needs a 24-hour news channel when you have these people floating around your head? And Abbott does create characters that will haunt you. They creep up on you in quiet situations and just ruin your mood for the rest of the day or night.
There is cruelty here, too. Psychological and actual physical cruelty that I simply could not cope with, hence my two-star rating. I found it very difficult to read this book. People are suffering and there seems no end to the torture the author inflicts upon them. I can understand the high ratings because it is a very well constructed novel. Unfortunately, it was not for me. If you are having a down day, don't read this. I am sure it will cut to the quick of many a reader. Too close to reality to not have some impact upon you. Personally, I would like more resurrection and less crucifixion.
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2013 09:13:15 GMT
Agree with this view of the novel. What I could not fathom out, and it is really irritating me, is how the title refers to the story. I don't consider myself to be dim but apart from a few references to Henry and his piano I fail to see why the title is significant to the story. Perhaps someone can enlighten me!
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