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The Jeremy - Snaps of the Dragon Paperback – 11 Dec 2009

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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Epic Press Ltd (11 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906557071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906557072
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,708,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had a tough time deciding what rating to give this book as my opinion changed throughout reading.

`The Jeremy Snaps...' is not so much plot based, as a journey through a male's younger years and the effects life's events have on him. For this reason, inevitably the story had to begin at birth. There is only so much an author can write from the perspective of a baby and life usually revolves around the essential, mundane things everybody knows and has experienced. It is therefore a difficult task to keep the reader's interest, but all credit to Jo because his wit (a style which appeals to me perhaps because mine is similar) carried the story and allowed as much enjoyment of the initial chapters as was possible. Here I would have given the rating: 3 Stars.

It picked up, becoming really interesting during the middle chapters and I altered my view, feeling it deserved 4 stars. Then right at the end, I considered even upping it to 5 stars, but because of my initial uncertainty have settled on 4 (4 and ½ if it were possible!). Also, the nature of the tale, not really being a what-will-happen-next type, means it lacks that compelling page-turner influence and draw to keep reading or return to the book if you're torn away. This doesn't mean it's not good.

I very much liked stepping into the Jeremy's shoes and viewing his life through his thoughts, perhaps because I could gain - maybe - insight into people I know by doing so.

It was quite informative, yet amusing, different (!) and gave food for thought - something I always like from a book. There was however one thing that began to bug me and that was the universal use of `the Jeremy' as his name, rather than simply `Jeremy'. Fortunately (because I may have gone stir crazy otherwise!), I got over this and didn't even notice it during the second half and it was fun right at the end to finally have the reason revealed, having come to the conclusion that I was never going to find out and remain baffled forever more (I had of course concocted my own theory for why the author had employed this title and was completely wrong)!

The album layout appealed, though because - as far as I'm aware - there was no reference to Jeremy having any Chinese heritage, the reference to the year of the Dragon in the title did seem a bit incongruous, but it still fitted with the general subject of the book, so maybe that's just me being picky.

A story with a great personal quality to the writing, which made me feel at the end like I had really sat down with a man and had a long, genuine conversation about his youth.

I was very pleased to hear I would be receiving this gift from Jo and having now read it, am equally pleased to have received it. --Claire on www.goodreads.com, March 2010

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Some elements of this book might be considered suitable only for grown up people (sometimes referred to as adults)

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The story of a boy raised Catholic in 50s-60s Britain. Wun's humour is irreverantly witty as his young hero, refered to as 'the Jeremy' develops from a curious yet dependant and supersticious child into an intelligent, thoughtful and rational young man. His development is explored through a stream of conciousness, with various Jungian-style psychological achetypes such as 'the sergant' and 'the professor' representing his various conditioned childhood guilts and repressions he must break free from if he is ever to become his own person and follow his own beliefs. A rather disturbingly accurate portrayal of a young child's developing mind.
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The author of The Jeremy - Snaps of the Dragon has a deft style and a light touch, which turns a commonplace tale of a boy's childhood into an engaging read. The Jeremy is well-drawn; every quirk of his personality and environment is laid bare, he is an endearing character - or should I say set of characters? The book lost something for me in the introduction of these voices and I didn't particularly like the latter half of the book. I also found the quirky style gradually more grating. I think a more significant edit would have cut the page count whilst increasing satisfaction for the reader. But it's still a fine book and there's a lot to recommend it.

Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author, Jo S Wun, through Goodreads First Reads.
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I can certainly echo all of A.L.Osborne's perceptive and accurate review - maybe I'd add that the book made me laugh out loud on several occasions. As I am male and of an age (perhaps just a few years younger than "The Jeremy") to remember much of the time period covered, I can vouch for the sometimes achingly honest feelings expressed, as well as the vividly accurate descriptions of the times and social mores. This book offers a very witty and enlightening insight into both the mind of a young boy growing up and the era in which it all takes place. Excellent stuff.
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