- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 756 KB
- Print Length: 380 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500430315
- Publisher: Beehive Books; 1st edition (27 Sept. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009ISHLYI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #283,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Beginning with an episode judged as close to insane, yet revealed later as a deeper sanity it draws in the rationality behind it.
Superficially it follows a simple time weave between Now and Then which alternate until they become a single psychological whole. Antony Ashurst, the principal character, is with very good reasons, a distracted damaged (and emotionally very young) wanderer, who falls down an open manhole and seems lost to view and to reason. 'The Bet' was the leaving of that man-trap open and shepherding him towards it. How he will climb again to the light is uncertain, indeed perilous.
Yet that is far from the book's whole substance, merely the means whereby to examine much larger issues about our world of exploitation, manipulation and acquisition. (And superficiality; he is too good looking for his own good) What is insanity when the innocence of a young man can provide the vulnerable core that almost all see as an opportunity for gain? His innocence is the mirror in which guilt and punishment, justification and complacency are reflected. Like a crystal that provides a different facet to engage each who encounters him, he is so self-effacing he is unconscious of why that happens. Clarity lies in seeking nothing for himself, but without any carapace to protect that clarity. This is a book about sight, deep in some, superficial in others.
Behind that are deeper issues of destiny and self worth: seeking the light finds help, just as the darkness does. The characters that manifest light (and they are there) arrive when he is liberated to receive them, the dark had found him with savage intent. As a reader one cares deeply about his integrated survival, and that's as far as I can go without spoiling it for a reader.
The work's disquiet remains after the book is closed, and that's usually the sign of a unique vision.
Tuffnell is a great story teller and I wish I hadn't heard the Picoult comparison. This book has far more layers than any Picoult book, there is little of the padding (none in my view) that many authors seem to chuck in to get a word count. Every page is relevant to the main story and I read the book in two sessions, I was so keen to follow the tale. Fortunately the author promises further stories with the main protagonists and I look forward to them. Thank you.
I often come away from a book wondering what, in the author's experience, prompted the flow of the plot. In this instance, I'm really not sure I want to know that! In fact, having known Viv Tuffnell - via the internet - for some time, I'm comforted in the knowledge that she doesn't on the face of it, display any deep wounds that might have generated the seeds of the plot for The Bet - which is something of a weight off my mind. lol
Viv, I congratulate you on producing a heartstopping and intensely interesting book - your best yet. :)
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