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What Happens Now? Hopefully more novels like this one!,
This review is from: What Happens Now (Paperback)
I was attracted to the book by the name of the author and as a fan of the League of Gentlemen I was intrigued by what the novel would contain. Picking it up for a quick browse I had soon read the first 19 pages and had better buy it!
The novel is very, very good. Dyson, a Jewish kid who grew up in Leeds looking like a young Bob Dylan, writes about Alastair Black, a Jewish kid growing up in Leeds looking like a young Bob Dylan. How much more of the story is autobiographical I don't know, but Dyson writes with such power and intensity that one suspects that he hopes to exorcise a few ghosts with this book.
Black has the chance to star in a tv programme, but this results in dramatic and life changing consequences for both him and the other main character, Alice Zealand. Their stories are told both in the past and the book's present, but the narrative loses no power using this technique.
Both main characters are realistically presented, and soon readers make the emotional attachment to them--and so what happens to them becomes all the more important. Black, in particular, is presented as an achingly real 1970s schoolboy, desperate to be cool but paralysed by fear and naivete.
Suspenseful, full of foreboding, totally gripping and deeply, deeply moving, this is a marvellous read.