Solid Characters, Great Writing And Interesting Locales, Atmospheres etc!! A Real Page Turner....,
This review is from: Waterloo Sunset (Paperback)
An excellent novel with superb characterisation.
As a 41 year old man, I really enjoyed this, particularly the observations that each character makes about the world around them and his or her place in it with regards to ageing & changing times, fashions etc. I found it offered considerable food for thought while avoiding any hint of pretension.
The action (for want of a better word - there's no thumping until the story's climax) takes place in a lot of cosy pubs, and as a man who enjoys the odd pint, I was pleased with these backgrounds and the incidental details & characters that popped up.
It NEVER once got boring and it was always easy to feel empathy for the main players who average about 20 years or so older than me so I could in a way look ahead and see things from their pov.
Also as I am from Stoke where one of the characters is from, I appreciated the author's attempts to convey our beloved Potteries dialect and I was heartened to see a local watering hole, The Greyhound in Penkhull, get a pleasing mention!
This is a book that should appeal to both sexes and although it appears targeted at a more mature audience, there is much for the younger to take away from it. After all we all face middle & old age ahead, don't we?!
I could almost liken this to a Trainspotting for the older reader although I must hasten that this is free of the vulgarities of Irvine Welsh's epic novel. I am a massive fan of Welsh so I am making a huge compliment to the author in likening his character development & portrayal skills to the infamous scottish author!
Mr Ayres, bring on your next book!