- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1007 KB
- Print Length: 395 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0986930601
- Publisher: Angry Orchid Publishing; 1 edition (12 Feb. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004NIFVUO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,094,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Had the author not wrestled with the obviously distasteful pangs of paedophilia, this novel may have become more prominent. It is only because he honestly and necessarily delves into the perverted thoughts that accompany an adult male marooned for months with a preteen who is herself becoming sexually curious, that he no doubt will have alienated a proportion of the reading public.
Obviously, comparisons will be made with Lolita. The author claims his 'hero' was, like Humbert, first molested by the girl. Only then were his morals abandoned as he yields to temptations and resorts to introspection. Compare this scenario with Anthony Nobbs 'The Belvedere Field'The Belvedere Field (Vanguard) in which an unsuspecting student is abused by an even younger preteen girl.
What I did find annoying were the sporadic chapters related to the colonel into which he digressed. It was like reading two paralled stories. I found I could easily skip those chapters without detracting from the main storyline.
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All in all, this is a decent read. It's about a man, Stuart, and a young girl, Tania, who are the only survivors of a plane wreck. Trapped on an island together with little hope of being rescued, Stuart begins lusting after Tania. It's a very intriguing and bold topic to approach, and I appreciate that the author didn't go over-the-top pornographic with the relationship. Stuart isn't a rapist, and Tania is too young, only eleven, to be really sexually involved. They never have sex. It was more about the psychological aspect, which the author tried to make clear, and although it would be easy enough to dismiss the subject as perverted and disgusting, it's not, and it's not meant to be. Still, this isn't for everyone.
There were a lot of flaws in the editing. I'm not sure if they've been fixed in this latest edition, but in the one I read, there was everything from missing quotation marks to misspelling the word "off", not to mention an overuse of the word "methodical". It didn't bother me, though. Actually, it made me laugh. An interesting, well-written story mostly makes up for those little flaws.
Some of the chapters diverted to London, in the real world, and I thought they were boring. They didn't seem to have a significant link or impact to the main storyline, other than the fact that the Colonel was Stuart's Colonel in the old days.
Overall, this is a good novel and worth a read.
Here's the review:
Author Graham Worthington has created a fictional world in "The Wake of the Raven" that isn't easily categorized. It's not your standard adventure yarn, nor is it a survivor tale filled with moments of high anxiety. In this book, which has The Raven (an airplane) crashing near a deserted island, a young man and a pre-pubescent girl are the only survivors. The way they find a way to eke out a living and to continue to hope for rescue is infectious and endlessly intriguing. But it isn't until the psychological drama begins that the book gathers speed. As they await for help to arrive, the man becomes unavoidably attracted to the young girl, who runs around in a perfectly understandable state of undress. She is curious about him and he is tormented by her, until it seems the man's sanity will crack.
Without giving away the ending, this book thoroughly plums the soul of a sexually aware man who also is burdened with the yoke of cultural responsibility, resulting in a conflict so deep it threatens both characters.
The island scenes are interspersed with scenes of a more stiff-upper-lip scandal unfolding in London. It's an interesting foil to the drama unfolding on the island.
Coming from a small publisher, this book has some editing gaffes that a larger house would have tidied up. But don't let that stop you from enjoying this most penetrating look at sex, morals, and the business of living from day to day in a world perhaps not so different from our own.
The story follows a man and a young girl who are trapped on an island after their plane crashes in the sea. Stuart is a complicated man, and the reader is not enticed to see him as either “good” or “bad”. The author has woven a tale that won’t cause the reader to pinpoint good or evil; instead, I found myself seeing humanity for what it is, and the complicated friendship between an older man and a young girl as quite natural in its circumstances.
Stuart seems embarrassed by his unusual attraction to Tania: "…the girl was of an age where surely no reasonable man would think of her in that way, and he saw himself as a reasonable man."
So far away from everything Stuart knows, he cannot seem to comprehend why he’s feeling this way.
From the novel: "Nothing about it was unnatural, he thought, but hellish inconvenient, and he must grit his teeth and continue as a trustworthy friend to the kid till the time of their freedom came. Still, it remained damned unexpected that he could be stirred this way by one so young."
Two people are surviving together, getting to know each other. The result, to me, became an examination of the human experience and sexuality in a place completely separated from society—a secluded, deserted island where the rules of society begin to seem distant.
My only disappointment was that the book was slow-going at first; however, the writing was beautiful, and the characters and their experiences deep and engrossing. I very much enjoyed the development of the friendship between Stuart and Tania, as well as the fascinating psychological aspects of his attraction to her and his constant inner battle as he attempts to squash his lustful thoughts in an effort to protect her, to be a friend to her. The reader also sees the world from the perspectives of other characters, those who are living within the confines of society, far away from this island. It offers an interesting comparison between what life might be like if we were forced to survive after such a crash, and what life would continue to be like in the everyday world of cultural rules and order.
An interesting read is one heck of an understatement.
Wake of the Raven is a provocative take on the dynamics that can exist between an older man and a young girl. The characters are well-fleshed out and the pacing of the novel sucks you into a world where society's conceptions of morals and gender relations are thrown out the window.
It took me a while to get fully immersed in the story, possibly due to this slightly subversive theme but it was worth it in the end. Graham's writing has a way of drawing you in and while I'd say the subject matter isn't for everyone, those who're willing to look beyond this will be rewarded with a book that is extremely riveting.
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