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3.0 out of 5 stars Odd. Short. Not a revelation., 19 Oct. 2009
This review is from: John the Revelator (Paperback)
John the Revelator is a coming of age story reminiscent of the Wasp Factory, right down to the insect obsession but without the tight plotting and satisfactory ending. The writing is good but disjointed, and feels more like a string of short stories that are loosely collected. How else to explain the church, rubbish dump and car tryst episodes? The two central characters, John and his mother, are well drawn, but I failed to understand the motivations of Mrs Nagle and John's friend, James. Likewise the "crow" passages between chapters are heavy on symbolism but are ultimately dragged down by their sheer pretentiousness. I kept reading at a rapid pace, which is always a plus, but ultimately the book fizzles out, and ends with a whimper. Good from the library for a beach holiday, but this not a book I would recommend buying.
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