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This review is from: The Cement Garden (Paperback)
This is one of the (sadly) numerous modern novels that are hailed by critics as bold and powerful, when in saner times they would be disdained as sordid and revolting. I had to read it because it was being used as a set book by a centre whose exam scripts I was marking, God help them.
There's an obsession throughout with human emissions, from semen to snot, not to mention those from the decaying corpse of the children's mother, which they have casually stashed in the cellar. Incest is not the most repulsive aspect of these chidlren's behaviour, which says it all really.
If that's your idea of a powerful literary achievement, read away. Meanwhile I shall go and be quietly sick. But I shan't leave the result lying around for the duration, as these characters would undoubtedly do.