Stone Bleeding Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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About the Author
Russell has worked in independent film and fringe theatre for ten years. He trained in film production and has written and directed two films. He has also written five plays, which have been performed in theatres in London, Manchester and Salisbury, some of which he also directed. Silent Bombs Falling on Green Grass (Matador) was published in 2010.
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So the country has buggered itself up (which I think in this day and age probably could happen) and you meet three people who are interconnected with it all and each other. You follow their story through the anarchy and havoc which paints such a realistic picture of what the world could be and what love can do.
I liked the POV of the characters how they are personally telling you the story like you're there in that time, like your reading a diary. I also liked how you realise this is the country falling in around itself but you don't realise how bad it is until you read through the book and it gives you glimpses and situations that reveals how dire it all is. I like that each POV was a verse and how that linked in with the characters. There are so many things with this book I can't list them all down, all those little things I like make this book one of my favourites.
I'm not ashamed to say my soppy self cried at one point in this book. Its a powerful thing, I think, realising that death is better then living because of what has become of the world and the author describes this so well I was there I could see it from their reasoning and perhaps the choice made was the better one.
I have to say as I did with the last you have to read this peoples even if it's not your type of book because this isn't my type of book I'm a fantasy reader. You will be surprised at how well written and different this book is from anything you have ever read before.
Oh and one last thing.....A Lampshade?!
Stone Bleeding is a look at `broken Britain' and tells a tale of how our reality TV and celebrity obsessed culture is one step away from this brutally painted picture of life.
Anyone with a passing interest or basic study of politics will recognise Hobbes' `state of nature' in the early pages of this book, the effect that a lack of social contracts bring and the return of man's base instinct; leading to a life that:
"In such condition, there is no place for industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no culture of the earth; [....] no account of time; no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short"
Mardell litters his book with references to Hobbe's theory of the state of nature and does a good job of showing us what this might look like in Britain today.
That said, that I'm afraid that I don't quite share Mardell's vision that things would disintegrate quite so quickly, buy who knows? It's certainly an important tale of morality.
The book is told in three `verses', Zach, Albie and Archie. Each character had a role to play in the breakdown of the country, and each story is interlinked. I'd have liked to have seen a more individual voice for each of the three characters; for me they didn't feel sufficiently different. However, they were each interesting, and Albie was, for me, the more profound of the three voices; the quotes from her father were the most interesting, and I'm sure can be linked back to various political philosophers.
For a county obsessed by celebrity, this is an important story. We're currently in the midst of the Leveson Enquiry into media ethics, and this book clearly shows the role that the media have; they can make or break a Government. Archie himself notes that he is just a puppet, and that `they wash each others' backs and be adults about it'.
The end of the book is interesting, and thought provoking. About a quarter of the way through Archie's verse I began to think that Archie and Zach were one and the same person; but who knows. I'm still not sure. I can see, in my mind, the arguments for them being the same person (and there is references made about Zach's personalities) but who knows. Not me. And that, I think, is the mark of a great book; it makes the reader continue to think long after the final page has been turned.
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