Gripping, convincing, thoroughly compelling.,
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This review is from: Schrodinger's Baby (Paperback)
THE STORY - is mainly set in and around a fairly typical student household. It is narrated by Kerry - an articulate, studious, rationalist, who becomes involved with Kerry - a gutsy, volatile, dramatist. Their relationships - both with each other and with their fellow housemates - becomes the main focus of the book for until, about a third of the way through, Julia discovers what initially appears to be a dead body - a dead body dressed cornily in a vampire-costume! This body (or apparition?) then disappears, Julia begins questioning her own sanity and her relationship with Kerry becomes increasingly strained as the truth behind the mystery gradually unfolds. The characterisation is spot on - containing a believable and realistic set of characters.
This is a story about opposites - how various traits and states of being can co-exist alongside their own antithesis - ie life and death, truth and lies, logic and passion, reasoning and madness, intimacy and mistrust. On another level it is about the blurring of absolutes.
As soon as I'd finished this book I immediately turned back to the first page and began re-reading it all over again. I enjoyed it so much.
WHO WILL AND WILL NOT LIKE THIS BOOK This is probably a book for and about contemporary urbanites and generation-xers, perhaps some more conservative, traditional types over in rural middle-England may find it difficult to identify and relate to? Also the 296 pages of text are divided only into three parts - this may put off tabloid-reader-types who may need bite-sized, easily-digestible fragments of text that are broken-down beneath lots of sub-headings, or reduced into tiny chapters, before they will read anything? Nevertheless it's a very gripping and lucidly written read.