Would make a good arthouse film!,
This review is from: Mistaken (Hardcover)
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While better known as a film maker, Neil Jordan has a talent for writing which shines through Mistaken.
Set mainly in 1960's Dublin, this is a story of 2 boys who look alike but are very different in personality, background and character. Their interactions are told mainly in the form of the reminiscence of one to the daughter of the other at his funeral.
Mistaken is a slow burner. It is a bit heavy-going at the start but picks up midway - it is worth persevering for the best is the final third which I found uputdownable and ended up reading till 4am to find out the ending! At times the prose is somewhat convoluted but overall the book is beautifully written, if a bit overlong (especially in the first third).
I enjoyed the Gothic overtones and the link with Bram Stoker's literary creation, Dracula, added more depth to the character of Kevin. I particularly enjoyed the atmosphere of loss and regret that pervades the novel. A familiarity with Dublin of the 60's was an advantage for me as I could recognise many of the places and situations beautifully described in the text. I was left with a feeling of nostalgia for times past yet without the rose-coloured filter that is often present which, for me, is a mark of the author's talent.