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Writer's Block Paperback – 12 Mar 2011

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  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (12 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456343122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456343125
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.5 x 22.9 cm
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To me, 'Writer's Block' is a book of voices, shadows and echoes.

Now, I could say that Raina's use of multiple characters brings the city of Chalet to life, but I would be wrong. For in Raina's book it is already living - tied in with the hearts and the minds of those within - as if the city and the characters themselves had never been separate; born as one biological mass. You'd think the text would be difficult to navigate due to the mixed levels of architecture - the railways, the islands, the farms and slums, but Raina does an excellent job in mapping the environment with words (and not maps, I hate maps in books!), to the extent that I could almost feel the walls closing in on me - the tightness of plastic, and the smoke of the slums.

The use of various writing styles within 'Writer's Block' really adds to this feeling of variation and play. We have diaries and scripts interjected by a solid prose that weaves around the spiritual and the spacial, to be interrupted by the noise of the radio, or the sound of the television. There is a constant movement, a great sense of pace.

One thing I loved about 'Writer's Block' was that Raina was not scared about leaving gaps. We hear snippets of the plot through radios and televisions - a sly comment from the corner of a Parasites mouth, or an in depth philosophical conversation about the progression of society, or how to sum up the events in one word. Raina recognises that we cannot be everywhere at once - everything is happening both within, and outside of the text.

I am reminded of Paul Auster's 'White Spaces':

'In the realm of the naked eye nothing happens that does not have its beginning and its end.
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