6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A complex but hugely enjoyable novel,
By A Customer
This review is from: Rough Music (Paperback)
For most novels, to reveal in a review that the central character is sleeping with his brother-in-law would ruin the story. "Rough Music" is not most novels. The relationship between Will and Sandy is just a tiny part of a text that looks at the childhood and adulthood of one man, and how one influences the other, and Gale does this with incredible skill. The method of switching between two narratives, set 30 years apart, could have so easily been confusing and annoying, let flows brilliantly. The plot is complemented by well drawn characters (with the possible exception of the slightly two-dimensional Roly, and the reader will care about them all. Contrary to what some say, intelligent readers will not feel the need to be spoon-fed the information concerning the identity of Will/Julian - indeed, the novel's major success it that this is gradually revealed to the reader, who can make their own deductions, rather than spelt out in block letters. "Rough Music" is hugely readable, and if you're put off by the "gay literature" tag, don't be; there is so much more to this text than the protganist's sexuality.