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Same old, same old?,
This review is from: Stonemouth (Hardcover)Addictive, nostalgic, funny, tense and satisfying. I'm shocked to see so many unflattering reviews of Stonemouth above - (in fact I almost took note of the 'same old formula' lines myself) - but I have to disagree that this book is boring, flat, predictable... following a tried and tested formula.
Sure, Banks displays some of his more trademark themes throughout, but he does it so well. And Stonemouth is such a tight, well paced novel... the plot moves so smoothly and effortlessly, its a wonder he can evoke such knowing and telling segements of the past we are all so familier with - love, betrayal, violence, returning home....
The Steep Aproach to Garbadale may seem very much a companion piece to Stonemouth (its no Crow Road - he may never surpass that), but Garbadale I found a little clunky in places, a tad too long.
Stonemouth cuts to the chase. Yes there a family secrets and a sense of dread in Stewart returning home. Yes there are romantic moments and themes on lost love.... but if you've been a fan of his and find his storytelling so real and close to home, then this will not disappoint.
The music/ drugs/ childhood anicdotes and smart-alec quips are all here, but you'd be hard pressed to find another writer who can do it in the way Banks can.
Perhaps some were hoping for something a little different, sure. But do not be put off by a 1/2 star review stating Banks is perhaps lazily revisiting old ground here.... Its handled beautifully - a very accomplished book, well paced, tone pitch perfect and one of the more satisfying endings I've seen in Banks for a while now.
Better than Steep Approach, but no Crow Road - 4 stars seems about right
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Initial post: 10 Sep 2013 21:52:03 BDT
Mr. A. J. Lake says:
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Sep 2013 11:04:24 BDT
Peter Symonds says:
Me too. The Crow road is one of my favourite books of all time but I read a few fairly mediocre banks after that & was a bit cautious with newer ones. Took this on holiday as a bit of a gamble & loved it. Its not the Crow Road but its a lot less meandering and I loved the ending.
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