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Not as wonderful as I'd hoped
on 6 September 2010
The Wonder tells the story of Lucas, who is stuck living on a houseboat with his sister, and not going anywhere fast, both literally and figuratively. He's drifting through life without much purpose until he decides to find out more about his parents - his mother Carla who died when he was a baby and his father Antoney, the Jamaican dancer who seems to have vanished. Lucas starts digging into the past and finds out more about the Midnight Ballet, a dance collective his parents were part of, and gradually their stories unfold, along with an eclectic cast of dancers and musicians and tales of fame, love, betrayal and mental illness.
I loved 26a and was really looking forward to reading The Wonder, the second novel by Diana Evans. The cover is great, the reviews seem to have been fantastic, and her descriptive writing is lyrical and beautiful, so I thought I would be in for a huge treat. Unfortunately, this novel didn't quite do it for me - I found the plot was slow-moving, I didn't particularly like or care about any of the characters and the ending felt very rushed. There are some lovely colourful dance scenes, particularly when Antoney joins the Midnight Ballet, but overall, this was for me a frustrating read.