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Poor Joseph Bridgeman, unsurprisingly, has a terrible time after that. The next chapter finds him 36 years old with his life in shreds. There are references to horrendous bullying at school. The writing isn't without humour but, about a third of the way in, I began to feel I really didn't want to read any more about someone's unbearable life. It was only the appearance of another character, a friend, that kept me going (I don't waste time on books I don't enjoy). About half way in, I couldn't put the book down and, three quarters of the way through, I could barely pace myself to actually read the words! Please, God, don't let it all have been a dream, I found myself thinking!
The end doesn't disappoint. It was a gripping story and, yes, I really enjoyed it. So why four stars instead of five?
Perhaps it's fair to point out at this stage that my favourite authors were around in the 17th to 20th centuries - a good literary style, excellent use of vocabulary, perfect grammar. Mr Jones's literary style is a little different. He definitely knows how to tell a good story and keep his reader enthralled, but it's rather like listening to someone speak, complete with four letter expletives. I didn't find it offensive - I'm a woman of the world, after all, and have been known to use such words myself - but it's not what I usually appreciate in writing. There was often a dearth of commas, but this didn't really intrude on my enjoyment. What did bring me up short - and it happened three times in quick succession about halfway through the book - was the use of the word 'gotten'. Gotten! This, of course, is a word that doesn't exist in British English, although perfectly acceptable to Americans. And I believe Mr Jones is British. I may not bat an eyelid at profanities, but bad grammar really exasperates me!
I was unsure, too, at the beginning of the book about its setting and the author's nationality. "Hey Buddy, fancy your chances?' This is the first sentence. Then the fourth paragraph: 'Gonna give it a go, Sir?' the man inquires, arms wide, 'Win the little lady something?' Doesn't this all sound rather American, even to the spelling of 'inquires'? But, no, everyone is English and it's set in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. No doubt I'm being pedantic, but to me this represents the dumbing down of the English language, and this is what led to the absence of the fifth star.
EDIT: The author was kind enough to reply to this review and tells me he has changed the words "gotten" and "buddy," so I've changed my rating to five stars and have no hesitation in recommending this novel. Thank you, Mr Jones.
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