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It may seem a deep read, but I couldnt put this book down Duncan has indeed excelled himself, and has written a piece of fiction that you will be thinking about long after you have read it. My mumber one book of this year, for sure.
Like I, Lucifer, Weathercock offers a dark and disturbing view of humanlife, addressing issues many authors steer well clear of.
Following the life of Dominic Hood, a young Catholic sado-masochist, thisbook offers everything from love to lust, light to dark, goodness andevil, and an exorcism thrown in for good measure.
Though slightly worried about Glen Duncan's state of mind, I thoroughlyenjoyed this book. It's a novel that almost makes you ashamed to like it,because of it's graphic and frankly quite disgusting content. Butunderlying this not-so-cheery exterior is an accurate, and insightfulcommentary on the human exisitence. It gives a view of life that is bothintriguing and disturbing for the character as well as the reader.
Speaking of the characters, they are all very well developed, andinteresting to read about. Father Ignatius Malone, for example, is anextremely mysterious character whose exploits make brilliant reading. AndDominic himself is both lovable and disgusting at the same time, aconflict which he also sees and must overcome within himself.
This is definately not a book for those without strong stomachs. However,if you can get past the scenes which aren't so politically correct, thisis a very enjoyable (despite it's darkness) read. A must read for allliterature fans, and those with a taste for a darker, different view.
It's all about the things some people shouldn't want but do, as the main character tries in vain to resist, to pull away and disentangle himself from the black-hole like draw of sadism and in particular the woman who introduces him to this nastier side of life. Just like most people, our anti-hero Dominic Hood feels inquisitive from an early age but with religion looming over him, he feels deep shame about what goes on in his mind, questions his sanity and more importantly the state of his soul. He turns to an enigmatic priest who quickly becomes almost an obsessive figure for Dominic as the priest pops up sparingly throughout the novel and always seems mysterious, leaving Dominic grasping at shadows. As the book follows Dominic through life, he reminisces about his childhood friends and the things they got up to, including a camping trip that is in turns sad,bizarre and funny whilst, as an adult Dominic tries hard to be good but through either sheer chance or deliberate albeit subconscious acts, keeps getting sucked back towards darkness.
The writing is splendid, deep and enthralling, particularly an exorcism scene that is ripe with sometimes disgusting detail. There is no shying away from the bleaker things that occur as Dominic struggles for his soul and, most importantly, despite some of the horrible things he does, you find yourself sympathetic towards his plight. He is a thoroughly believable character in a novel that sometimes pushes the boundaries of inconceivability but always makes you want to read the next chapter..and the next. Never predictable or slow. Always provocative and mesmerizing.Read more ›
Weathercock recounts the story of Dominic Hood, from Lancashire schoolboy to publisher's agent in New York. As a boy, the target of a particularly vicious bully, Burke, he meets Father Ignatius Malone who saves him by performing what might have been a miracle, or a misunderstanding. Dominic and Penguin meet as a result of a cruelty performed on Kelp by Burke and their lives will intertwine as they grow up. Malone haunts the novel, even more than an actual ghost, as we segue between Dominic's childhood and a time far into the future where he is living with Holly in New York. But Dominic is not a hero, he is a man in thrall to a beautiful and sadistic woman, the loathesome Deborah Black.
There are some absolutely brilliant pieces of writing in this novel, it is packed with observational wit and is a sheer pleasure to read.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read a number of Glen Duncan's books and decided to dip into this just to see what the fuss is about. The writing is, as always, exceptional. Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2012 by PaulC
An enjoyable read, well paced, funny, and shocking in places. But what happens 2/3rds of the way through ? Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 2010 by Duchess of Duke Street
I've read all Glen Duncan's novels so far and always marvel that he isn't better known. Weathercock is the best and a rollicking read; a whooshing ride through Dominic Hood's life... Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2008 by Perruche
My first exposure to Glen Duncan was "I Lucifer", which I thoroughly enjoyed, shortly followed by "Death Of An Ordinary Man", which is extraordinary and brilliant. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2006 by E. W. Collier
Brilliantly dark. Honest and human. Screaming fun. I laughed and cried, farted and followed through.
The real thing. Best read of my year.
I've been a fan of Glen Duncan's writing since his first novel, "Hope" but this is quite simply his best yet. Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2004 by Peter Lee
A wonderful, on-the-edge tale of love, compulsion, loss, friendship, and the darkness that lies within. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2004 by Faye
I read I lucifer from Glen Duncan, and enjoyed it. It was a bit hard going in places though, but funny and intelligently written. Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2004 by Paul Lagden