Customer Review

38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Patronising and smug, 4 May 2010
This review is from: The Other Hand (Paperback)
Few books make me want to lob them across the room in frustration but for me this one had several lobbable moments which ruined the whole reading experience.

I enjoyed Incendiary, Cleave's first novel, but The Other Hand is so uttely disappointing that I will probably never read his work again. For me the book started badly when it became clear that it was an Incendiary rip-off. It's as if Cleave struggled to find a fresh plot for the second book that his publisher demanded of him by deadline day so he pilfered the twists and turns that worked in his first effort. Mother of a young boy? Check. Dead husband? Check. Disillusioned journalists? Check.

It got worse with the dialogue. Stilted, unrealistic and clearly the indulgent imaginings of the author, there were lines in there that I had to disbelievingly read several times before aforesaid lobbing. The worst was where Sarah (naturally, the bereaved mother and disillusioned journalist) claimed to have glowed so much from her extra-marital affair that she tried to hide her new-found loveliness with foundation. It was her self-proclaimed joie de vive, don't you know. Oh, come on! And what about the title of the magazine? And Sarah's believe that her colleague is unfulfilled because she doesn't have a child? And how she is protrayed as a strong, driven woman but every other line of dialogue contains a permutation of "Oh my God, I don't know what's wrong with me/ what to do/ how to fart straight!"

And yes, the editor's note at the start is bewildering. It builds up the book way beyond anything it can actually deliver and I suspect the ed penned it to counteract the poor reviews it would receive. When she asks you not to tell your friends what it is about she really means that she'd prefer you to keep your gob shut about how awful the book actually is.

Seriously, I so rarely write book reviews but this one has been gnawing at me. Why? Because all the hype about the book is just way off beam. It really is Emperor's new clothes territory. Just don't be fooled by it, OK?
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

3.4 out of 5 stars (293 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (100)
4 star:
 (56)
3 star:
 (50)
2 star:
 (43)
1 star:
 (44)
 
 
 
8.99 6.29
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer