The Insult Hardcover – 16 Feb 1996
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A stunning premise, brilliantly unravelled
it confirms Thomson in the front rank of English authors -- Observer
A stunningly clever thriller -- Sunday Times
The Insult met every requirement I felt I could possibly have of a novel breathtakingly clever -- The Times
Wonderful he has an extraordinary capacity to construct a parallel universe a powerful creative talent -- Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The utterly engrossing and disturbing novel from the author of Divided Kingdom --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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In other words, Martin believes he can see during the night, and that his doctors have been lying to him about his 'special case'. He escapes the hospital and engages himself on a search for his missing girlfriend, a search that will lead him to confront himself and a secret even more devastating than his own.
The book is written entirely in the first-person POV. Given that the person narrating the story believes he can see, while the reader knows- possibly- that he can't, lends a sublimely horrific yet sympathetic tone to the protagonist's voice. After all, Martin is the only person in the book we can trust, given that events are related from his hopelessly skewed point of view. Or are they skewed? The beauty of the choice of POV is that the reader has no choice but to fling themselves headfirst into the dream-like tunnel of Martin's delusions (if that is what they are) as he attempts to solve the mystery of his girlfriend's disappearance and of his own affliction.
The descriptive level of the book is surreal and terrifyingly subjective. It makes the reader feel like they are walking in the dark, and one wrong step will send you plunging into the darkness lurking at the edges of the narrative. There are many sub-stories swimming around here, some of which may be true and some not.Read more ›
The story then changes to Ninas grandmother as the main character and slowly we begin to see another group of lives on a collision course with Martin and Nina.
When the two stories come together it was so well developed that it reminded me of Arthur Haleys Roots.
A very emotionally engaging book that makes us question our own realities - highly recommended.
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While this book starts off really well (a blind guy who can see in the dark), it drifts off into unnecessary details of everyday events. He has a friend who is a clown. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2014 by Mr. P. Hickey
I first read this book over 10 years ago and it has stuck in my mind over the years, it's like nothing I've read before or since. Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2014 by Dianne Miller
It was very disjointed. A lot of questions were unanswered and it felt that we were reading a report. This was a choice for our book club but we would not recommend it to others. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2014 by Susie Q
An interesting idea that fails because the author brings in too much detail. About half way through I got bored and started skipping in the hope that the story would tighten up,... Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2013 by Goff
In a supermarket car park Martin Blom is shot in a random incident which the police cannot make headway with. It leaves him blind. Or does it? Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2010 by Eileen Shaw
This should be a great book, a great idea to build on and some very interesting ideas, wrapped up in a strong writing style with some distinctive characters. Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2009 by R. B. Moore
Just recently re-read this book, I hated knowing how it went! I thought it was brilliant, great concept, and I loved the two stories running side by side.Published on 25 April 2008 by Dr. in to House
Having read the glowing reviews at the head of this section as I had just finished the last page of the novel I wondered whether that person had read the same novel - or had indeed... Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2005 by Mr. Hans Odd