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Elephant Man meets Adrian Mole,
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This review is from: BÍte De Jour: The Intimate Adventures of an Ugly Man (Hardcover)
Born of a blog, Cattermole's book moves smoothly from screen to page by being well paced, neatly crafted & displaying an astonishing skill for natural dialogue. Add that it doesn't merely hold your attention but is totally gripping in its account of a man whose penetrating intellect, sensitive nature, honest introspection & big warm heart count for nothing behind his self-declared monstrously ugly head.
To call it a modern day reworking of Frankenstein wouldn't be mere hype for the work of an extraordinary skilled writer whose true-life creation travels longingly for the things many of us take for granted. And along the journey we laugh & weep with an unfolding realistic family drama that cannot but help make us see reflections of our own thwarted desires within the uneven contours of the hero-author's face. Stan Cattermole's a literary name to watch for while his face remains an appropriately mysterious one to only imagine.