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I really loved the way the author kept one step ahead of us throughout and as the story unfolded I couldn't wait to turn the next page or put the book down!
I thought it was very tastefully, honestly written. The author has real insight into what pleases his audience and I can't wait to read more of his novels. A fab read.
A wonderful story set in an idyllic place. France. I was taken in from the first few pages and loved following through with the characters translation of 'the bestseller'. On the whole the story contained everything needed to keep anyone hooked. Great writing, fun, love and laughter. It is a bit on the 'naughty' side, but so what. We all need a little love and lust and anyone who says they don't is lying...
My favourite of all your books so far. :)
Now, writing under the name of Charles Raines, we have perhaps the complete opposite. The writing is very crisp and economical; the short sentences and sharp dialogue move the plot on at a cracking pace. Set in the huge French city of Marseille, anonymity is always possible, in contrast to the small paradise island where even the palms whisper. The city is portrayed as a place of danger, of excitement, and of possibilities. The writer ably presents the different faces of the city, building up an atmosphere that can change very quickly from the light of a French summer to the darkness of a night club that could be a pit of hell.
Above all, Mr Raines has abandoned his God-like narrator and chosen a first person account given by the main character. The voice of the novel is very clear but we never know his name so everything in the book is told from his perspective and the reader may have to read between the lines to get at the truth. There is an enigmatic quality about this work. By the end of the novel I was left with a key question: How much of the story was in the head of our unreliable narrator and how much actually happened to him? The reader and maybe the writer himself will have to make their minds up about this.
The key to everything lies in a close examination of the title, `Stranger in Translation'. Our anonymous narrator is a stranger in this French city and feels like an outsider. Even though he speaks French at a very high level, he is immersed in a deep sense of alienation. This introspection is the nature of the whole novel and it underlines the way the narrator is also a stranger to himself. One of the themes of this book is how he has to accept his sexuality so that he can become comfortable with whom he is. Not only is he working on a translation of a very poorly written book, he is also working on his own internal translation. He is searching for his own identity and an emotionally fulfilled life, while at the same time finding that living in a foreign city can create its own problems.
`Stranger in Translation' can be read on several levels. It is a tender gay love story, and a coming out story combined with the sexually explicit material it is clearly aimed at the gay market. This is the first gay erotica I have ever read and I can attest that there is enough in it to interest the straight, mainstream reader as it works on a psychological level and on the level of a mystery. `Brokeback Mountain' worked for all readers - Why not this?
So I would recommend "Stranger in Translation" to a far wider readership than its niche market would initially indicate. We should all be willing to try something beyond our usual reading habits. Why not start here?
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The author certainly kept me intreagued throughout the book.Read more