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A fabulous end to Woodward's trilogy,
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This review is from: A Curious Earth (Hardcover)I adored August and I'll Go To Bed At Noon, so I awaited A Curious Earth with great excitement and Woodward did not disappoint. All the characters are beautifully drawn in wonderfully described surroundings, enabling the reader to be all-consumed. It is a fine standalone novel, but if you have the time, read the first two because you will not be disappointed.
Aldous cuts a pretty pathetic figure at the start of the book. His only real interest seems to be watching the growing potatoes that he left in the cupboard. He is unmotivated to stay clean and there is almost some voyeurism in watching him amble his way through his foggy, drunken state, repulsing friends, family and strangers alike.
The reader cannot help but be relieved when Aldous suddenly regains his interest in life, although the pace at which he throws himself into ideas and relationships does almost feel like watching a train wreck. However, he gets away with a wonderful amount by being an innocent old chap and, while the alcoholism upsets his children, they are unable to turn him away because it is the disease that identifies them as a family.
Gerard Woodward is mainly known for his poetry, but he is one of the finest authors of the last decade. Any of his 3 novels can be read individually, but I urge you to take the time to read all of them, in whatever order you choose.