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Catching the Sun
This book leaves the reader feeling frustrated as though having been invited to a friend's house and then ignored for the duration. We don't get to know the characters as we are given nothing. The characterisation is one dimensional and repetitive. The style is rather like reportage with some overblown descriptions of place. The storyline provides lots of opportunities to develop the main characters which are systematically ignored, sometimes blatantly. How could the author tell us that the main character is bitten by a gibbon and then proceed to tell us that the gibbon is to be tested for HIV but follow with absolutely nothing of what Tom might feel or think about such a situation? There is no depth. The first page tells us that Rory is lying on his front in the sand with a book in his lap! How does that work then? Was there an editor at HarperCollins looking after this book, or was it an experiment in publishing a book without an editor? We are also given rudimentary and patronising lessons in the societal issues of Thai beach culture, such as how the bar girls are exploited by rich foreign businessmen, yes thanks I think we knew that. I could go on but you get my drift. Disappointing.
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Initial post: 29 Sep 2012 15:50:31 BDT
Agreed it was so disappointing
Posted on 6 Dec 2012 19:15:15 GMT
Mrs. S. Parkhouse says:
You know, I NEVER leave feedback or reviews as I think it is so subjective, and everyone comes to the book with their own agenda/idea/thoughts etc - but, when I read this r/v I felt compelled to write...I totally AGREE with everything said here, and its such a shame, as I have never read a 'disappointing' Tony Parsons book so far, I actively await his releases and have recommended him to people for years - but no, this book is boring, lacking in any depth, well, I need not go on......Sadly, the reveiw above is my opinion to a tee.
Posted on 10 Jan 2013 21:19:13 GMT
Ha ha, had forgotten about the line about reading on his front with a book on his lap. I had to read that line over and over again because I thought I was missing something. I would agree with most of this, although probably wouldn't have been as harsh as only to give two stars. But lots of the plot strands went nowhere, which contributed to an overall lack of cohesion. While it wasn't beyond the realms of possibility for the same people to keep popping up on a small island, I found the coincidence of reporter Nick just happening to be there a little too much to swallow. It certainly wasn't a great ad for Thailand; beautiful to look at but with a seedy side that lurks very close to the surface.
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