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A difficult book, but extremely rewarding,
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Having read all Duncan's books (except "The Bloodstone Papers", which I'm saving) I am completely at a loss to explain why he is not regularly in the top five writers in English. Why is Salman Rushdie there, and not Glen Duncan? I have no idea.
Having said that, "Hope" is not an easy read. It deals with the degradation of the soul that accompanies exposure to pornography and the use of prostitutes, telling the story of Gabriel Jones' fall from grace.
For a first novel, it's remarkably self-assured. The quality of the prose is the thing I relish most about Duncan - some have accused him of employing too many metaphors and similes, but that is purely a side-effect of the issues that he addresses, which cannot really be written about directly. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book to your grandmother, unless she was very broad-minded. Nor your grandfather for that matter. But if you're interested in human sexuality, especially on the boundaries, you cannot fail to get something from this tremendous novel.