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Strange and classical in a literary way,
This review is from: And the Ass Saw the Angel (Essential Penguin) (Paperback)
This could have been written by Faulkner, Joyce et al. It's written in an early 20th century classical litereary style that evidently displays Cave's obvious talent and intelligence.
The story revolves around an ostracised boy who lives in kind of rubbish dump, akin to Stig of the Dump. He's pilloried by the locals for his apparent lack of intellect and disability. The locals in question inhabit a staunchly religious presbyterian town full of it's own foibles and strange characters, none of which will be too unfamiliar.
The dichotomy presented is extremely poignant - a holier than thou community that persecutes a pathetic, disadvantaged boy.
The prose is florid and overblown; sometimes you can almost hear it being read out by a strongly accented southern preacher, but it works.
The story builds to a truly tragic ending that simultaneously is uplifting as well.
A very accomplished book that wouldn't be out of place on the reading list of an English degree.
On the evidence of this Australia has an author who could, if he wanted, stand toe to toe with some of the other contemporary greats.