Initially absorbing, ultimately disappointing,
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This review is from: Eating Air (Kindle Edition)
I began the book enjoying the writing, which has personality and juice.There are some intriguing characters and compelling scenes. Also one or two interesting social observations. This seemed a good choice for a relatively absorbing read.
Donny and the ballerina, are unique characters. But they are accidentally embroiled in events rather than participating, so they have little motive in the story. And the 'activists' motives are also vague. The ballerina lacks real personality. Also, after great detail in London we then skip over decades in several other countries, as if we miss the best of the action. It left me confused about where the writer was trying to go. The gestures towards magical realism, somehow jarred with the rest of the narrative. In the end I came away a disappointed. It didn't seem believable. And the irrelevant addition of the child with Down's syndrome was a cheap shot at pulling heartstrings when the plot itself had failed to do so.
I think Pauline Melville is a good writer and I would like to read more of her work. But I came away with nothing from this effort.
I would possibly have given up to four starts if it had been out of ten.