- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 567 KB
- Print Length: 259 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1493788280
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Roddy Murray; 3 edition (27 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GQZCV6O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #356,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Unfortunately the middle of Body And Soul is slow goig, bogged down in far too much repetition of the same routines and with very little direct action or even speech. We are told what characters do, eat and how they feel, but we aren't shown so I felt too removed from them to appreciate their situation. Murray's plot raises deep philosophical questions about body sovereignty and personal identity, but these are barely explored leaving us instead to be told again and again about Frank's incessant lechery. A major irritant in this book is that none of the women are remotely realistic. Instead they just exist to provide eye candy and easy sex.
The narrative does pick up energy again towards the close. I l could appreciate Frank's physical struggles and the final wrap up is satisfying. However I was disappointed by the earlier squandered opportunities to engage me as a reader. I thought the real bones of the story needed stronger presentation because all the excess padding overly dilutes what should have been a much more exciting read.
As a debut novel this book shows its rough edges, but they can be forgiven as you get caught up in the story. It does require a significant suspension of belief, but it's a work of fiction, so what do you expect? The characters are (mostly) well described and believable and the pacing is very good, keeping you interested in the unfolding drama. The plot twist is not entirely unexpected, but fits well with the story. In fact, for those of a certain vintage, it's somewhat reminiscent of the 'Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected' stories. They were never intended to be 'demanding', but it was the fun of the story, and the attempts to guess the ending which made them entertaining.
It must also be said that the dry and cynical Scots' sense of humour is captured perfectly, but may be too subtle for some.
All in all, an easily read, and entertaining, short novel. I look forward to seeing how Roddy's writing talents develop in the future.
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