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Complete absorption in the character, time and place,
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This review is from: Pilcrow (Kindle Edition)
This novel is difficult to describe. I should just say: read it and see! I could say it's "about" a disabled boy and his path to becoming a young man – a sort of coming of age tale. But that would be misleading. I could say it's "about" someone coming out, or rather, realising that he's gay. Again, that doesn't begin to describe the book.
To try a bit harder in describing it: this is a series of minute, perfectly vivid, reflective snapshots of time and place that capture what life was like in the late 50s and through the 60s, building up gradually into a coherent whole. It's a long book, but not a slow one. Although if I had to characterise it simply, one way of doing so would be to say that it is to most contemporary novels as slow food is to a Mickey D's.
This is funny yet restrained, poignant, idiosyncratic, and well worth a read. Remarkably, it escapes being pessimistic despite its protagonist's circumstances.