Brenton Brown Paperback – 23 Jun 2011
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From time to time, a new book arrives which catches its moment in an almost uncanny grip. Set in the middle of the last decade, the latest novel by South London writer Alex Wheatle has an all-too-obvious connection to this week's blazing headlines. --Boyd Tonkin, Independent
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It is a timely book to follow up the great Brixton Rock, and we learn what has happened to Brenton, Juliet, Floyd, Coffin Head, Biscuit since those strife filled days of the early 80s.
A fantastic read !
A tutor once remarked on one of my literature essays, that I should remember that characters in fiction are not real people but literary devices. I disagree; when I read, I want the characters to be people I can get to know. Alex Wheatle writes his characters so convincingly that the reader knows them inside out. They may be flawed, they may make mistakes, we may disagree with them but we understand where they are coming from.
Sequels are often disappointing but this one is every bit as good as Brixton Rock, or even better. If I had to, I could make a couple of minor criticisms of this novel; an occasional sentence that could have been reworked, an overused phrase, but these are trifling details compared with the vivid settings, pace, dialogue and plot.
It's not always a comfortable read but I couldn't put it down, except when I had to take a few deep breaths. Read it.
To properly understand the love history behind Brenton and Juliet, as well as other aspects of the book, I would recommend first reading 'Brixton Rock' before reading this novel. However it's not necessary as there are some explanations in 'Brenton Brown' to prevent new readers from being lost in regards to Brenton's past. Still to fully appreciate the chemistry that still exists between Brenton and Juliet in 'Brenton Brown' I would say read 'Brixton Rock'.
Most of the novel surrounds the life of Brenton, his sister Juliet, their daughter Breanna and Juliet's husband Clayton - a life of lies and secrets as Brenton and Juliet struggle to hide the truth about their past and Breanna's real father from Clayton and Breanna. For me, I found the ending of the novel most interesting as readers are exposed to changes in Breanna's character sparked by traumatic events in her life. But it is the state that Brenton and Juliet end up in that I would say tops the novel off.
Though the novel can be a bit gritty at times, there were a few lines that I found myself chuckling at. Being from South London, I also enjoyed the fact that I could recognise many of the locations that were referenced in the book - it made me reminisce on how places have changed.
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It was a good read good follow up to Brixton Rock as you find out a little about his childhood. I was disappointed with the ending as it seemed rushed and that was probably the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a sequel to the novel "Brixton Rock" through which I first fell in love with Brenton Brown. Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2013 by F London
I didn't find the book as good a Brixton Rock I didn't think it was a great page turner. It was however a good easy readPublished on 13 Aug. 2013 by LoJo
I read this book years ago, and really enjoyed it. I now re-read the book several years later, and I still enjoyed it. Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2013 by odelle james