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4.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Good, 22 Sep 2002
This review is from: Ash Wednesday (Hardcover)
The Hottest State was decent stab at a good novel but despite some good passages fell short of the mark overall. Not so Ash Wednesday. Hawke hits the ground running with a cracking first chapter and seldom puts a foot wrong from there. Jimmy Heartsock is strung out on speed, fed up with his life in the US Army and realises he's turned his back on the only good thing in his life: Christy. We spend most of the book following the two of them down the road; each taking turns to narrate. Hawke has given them distinctive voices and the contrast in their perception of their relationship & the events around them is spot on. I was completely absorbed by what was going on and found it hard to do anything but read after picking the book up. The action is described beautifully and Hawke has a good ear for dialogue. Jimmy's options as a man are spelled out a little too obviously towards the end, but that's a minor gripe. What precedes it is a serious, honest, funny, spiritually searching love story about two people trying to make sense of themselves, each other and the world around them. Overall a seriously good read and one that marks Ethan Hawke out as a writer to watch.
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