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interersting and disturbing........
on 25 March 2011
I enjoyed this book, but knew what was going to happen from a fairly early point. The stage is set early on, and combined with rather plot-spoiler reviews on mu edition I read simply wondering how the book would reach its conclusion.
I liked the depiction of teen-life, innocent tree climbing Michael falling in love with the older beautiful Isobel; Alex the boy whose obsession with hunting comes into its own, and politically minded Louis. So far I could believe. I liked the initial description of the days - the green days, and purple days, and the timelessness of a forest in the summer in France. I also liked the thrill of knowing it was all going to go horribly wrong.
I thought Michael with his memory lapses, concussion and drunken episodes was well portrayed, the sinking feeling of what had gone on the night before......Like other readers I found my belief in the story questioned when Joy arrives - how is it these children live in the forest un-detected by adults and yet found by what must be a fairly rare English speaking girl of a similar age, and similar persuasion.....? How do these seemingly well adjusted children become what they become in a matter of weeks?
The story made me wonder about the role of both psychology and the super-natural as an explanation. I was left unsure whether parts of the story (such as the stinking hole) were the product of some dark force, or of an unreliable narrator. As such the book was good as I found myself thinking of it after I had finished it.