A gem of a book!,
This review is from: The Fire Gospel (Hardcover)
Michel Faber is one of a handful of writers who rarely ever puts a foot wrong.(Other writers I'd have in that category are Jim Crace and Peter Benson.)You read his books and think they are like precious jewels. With the exception of the longer Crimson Petal etc, they're small but perfectly-formed. This one won't disappoint Faber fans. It's literary, fast-paced and manages to take a controversial subject matter but extract lots of understated humour whilst provoking thought.
No peeking, anyone, but the first line of page 31, when it arrives, is a classic of comic timing and juxtaposition of verbal styles after what's gone before. But that's just one small example of Faber's genius as a writer. It's all so seemily effortless and easy on the inner-ear.
[By the way, Michel... if you read these reviews the way the hero of this tale does, I'd just like to say that with the a v. an debate, the rule's very clear: if the second or third syllable is accented, it's an, if the first, then it's a, hence a history or an historical fact... Check Fowler's English Usage, if you don't believe me!]