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2.0 out of 5 stars Big build up to a big disappointment, 28 Aug 2009
This review is from: The Other Hand (Paperback)
I suspect my main problem with this book was the fact that it was given such a big build up by the professional reviews that I expected more than it delivered. The cover note about not giving away the ending was clever but only added to the disappointment since the finale was no big deal.
I liked the review by the Nigerian lady who felt patronised. I felt similarly. There was something of a hectoring tone throughout the book making the reader feel as if you are a shallow westerner with no regard for Nigerians who, in truth, are generally just as "civilised" , if not more so, than us westerners. Some of the dialogue is very unrealistic, forced and stilted despite some sentimental heart-string tugging moments.
All in all, an "Emperor's new clothes" novel.
I'm afraid I won't be going back to Chris Cleave anytime soon.
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