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A memorable read
on 12 December 2015
Cover 4/5 Different to the one in Amazon showing reclining nude.
Contents. I recall I found his straight autobiography a better read than Empire of the Sun. I like the way of writing in all his books. My thanks to a reviewer of my previous review of his autobiography for leading me to this book.
The factual background was interesting social history. Being presented as a novel leads me to wonder whether the full range of much of the intimate detail might have been what he would have liked it to be rather than what actually happened. There is no disclaimer about characters being fictional in my version.
*Engrossing and interesting - Yes the mix of fact and fiction works well. Thought provoking.
*Enjoyment and entertainment - Difficult to say this about a book with such so much tragic material, characters and a WW2 background.
*Emotional - Although I must have known about his personal loss from previous reading the shock came as a surprise even after the lead up to a different presentation when one knew horrible things were about to be revealed.
*Educational - His whole fact and fiction world. A very strong talented person not to have suffered, as far as I know, in the same way as David his friend in the book.
*Ease of reading - Everything flowed well. What I aspire to in my own writing.
No of characters and length of book about right. A nice collection of life stories linked together similar to the method in my own writing. I have ordered his complete short stories.
May read again. Memorable book which would have been better for less or more subtle treatment of the unwholesome intimate details.
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