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This review is from: The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones (Hardcover)
"The Tale of Raw Head & Bloody Bones" by Jack Wolf was a surprise-find and a real treat for me. I saw it advertised by my favourite bookstore in Bath and decided to try this local author.
The book is an incredibly well written account of the life of Tristan Hart, a physician in England's 1750s, who battles with genius and insanity and a (sexual) fascination with pain. Unsure what is real and what is product of his vivid imagination he struggles to find his way in life as he encounters cursing Gypsies, family and class issues, love and his professional ambitions.
The most impressive aspect of the book is of course the language which sounds so authentic and perfect that it puts the likes of C.J. Sansom into shade; there is just such a natural feel to it and it reads so easily and comfortably, it is a real pleasure.
The title refers to a nursery rhyme or story that is shared between Hart and his lover and introduces the theme of gnomes and other creatures that wander the mind of the mentally challenged physician. I am not normally fond of poems and stories within a story as they often can kill off the spell I am under while reading but these inserts are well placed and add to the enjoyment of the writing.
I look forward to Jack Wolf's next book.