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Be careful what you wish for.,
This review is from: This Perfect World (Kindle Edition)
In the 1970s we all laughed at Johnny Speight's creation Alf Garnett, a characterture of Speight's own father: loud, outspoken and stupid. Suzanne Bugler has done something similar, in that she has created Laura, a charactuerture of a middle classed woman, obsessed with status and "looking good". Rather than using wit, Bugler uses surprise and a real sense of pain as she guides us through Laura's Road to Damascus moment. This is unexpected (to both her and us) and with consequences which at times she cannot cope with.
This is a well written and insightful novel, full of detail and observation. Unafraid of tackling issues around mental ill-health, it knocks (at time you could say kicks) at the wall many people use as a barrier from the real world. Laura's tale is disturbing not because of the detail that Bugler gives us about her, but rather in the mirror like quality of ourselves. You will see yourself somewhere in this book, like it or not we are all there. We may not have followed the same path or be now in the same place, but you will recognise glimpses here and there. In this sense, Bugler has written an insightfull and accurate novel for the 21st century; however, whilst the Laura character answers many questions and reveals many home truths in the end, other charcters fare less well. The tale centres on Laura, so maybe this is how it should be, but I still felt that there was another dimension which was left out. Speights genius was in his development of other characters and their interaction on the father figure, Bulger does not quite do this, which is a shame.