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- Print Length: 262 pages
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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
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But for those who have not read a Stuart Ayris I can honestly only advise you to give it a go. The opening scenes I think are some of his best work to date. The characters are grand. The poetry and game of cricket divine.
There are thousands more tragical ways to spend a couple of quid I'm sure, but only one that could make your day a bit more magical.
I enjoyed reading this, watching the development of the story and the unfolding of the characters. I don't know if any of this story is based on truth but the author always manages to sift his own truth from the lives of those he writes about. Highly recommended and possibly the author's best yet.
So why my review heading? Why my star rating?
I enjoyed the book so that must count for something. It drew me in and captured me but was that the magical bit? Is it Stuart Ayris who is actually magical and was it him who cast a spell for those few hours? I am still not sure.
In parts his writing reminded me of Stephen King at his most whimsical. To me, there are echoes of his Dark Tower series where now and then bleed into each other.
My star rating is based on 5 for brilliant writing and 3 for enjoyable rubbish, so 4 overall.
Do I feel I wasted my time reading it - no, definitely not, but I think it will be up to you to decide which of the two, brilliant or enjoyable rubbish, it will be. All I can say is, take a magical tragical chance. :-)
His writing breaks every conversation in the book, pun intended. He remains playful slipping in poetic lines whenever he damn well pleases and to hell with the hard hearted critic.
I’ve been known to drone on with the books I’ve loved but I feel the need to keep this succinct.
This novel is about cricket and a little boy who seems heaven sent. It is about loss, grief and redemption. It is about friendship, teamwork and the human spirit. Whatever this fabulous novel teaches you enjoy it. That is all. Now go. Read. Be uplifted.
This is definitely a marmite book. If you’re a fan of supermarket genre fiction it's probably not for you…But it might be…variety, spice and all that. Me. I love marmite.
What drew me to it initially was an acknowledgement, thanking the Rolling Stones for Exile on Main Street, which the author listened to throughout. Well, referencing the greatest achievement in the history of music was always going to grab my attention. But having read the book, for me a far closer musical reference point is the Kinks master work, 'The village green preservation society', as this is a book steeped in an England of old, rich in tradition, comfortable in itself i.e. not 'Ingerlund'.
It's not a book that zips along at pace, jumping from one thrill or caper to the next. It takes its time, exploring and enjoying its own journey, hoping you do to. Briefly, it’s a story about Edward and his sister's journey in search of his messianic destiny, climaxing in a game of cricket. It's a book rich in metaphor. Along the path, there are an abundance of intriguing characters all drawn to a time and place. The author's presence is all over this with lightly scattered phrases throughout, adding energy and fun but never getting in the way. It’s a book about wonder, miracles, friendship and hope. Also, I now sort of understand the appeal of cricket, which for a Scot is a miracle in itself.
I really enjoyed it. Some may find it too whimsical, but to quote Sheldon from big bang "What's life without whimsy."
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