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In the end, I loved it!
on 22 January 2014
Never has a book 'turned me around' in quite the way Tollesbury Time Forever did. In these days of ebooks I have tried to expand my reading horizons and I do download a fair few free or on offer titles but I still choose carefully, books that I really feel I will like.
In this case, I began by thinking I had made a mistake. The book gets off to a chiling but brief start with a nurse going back to the house of a psychiatric patient . So far so good. The reader is then quite abruptly plunged in to the weird, bizarre, often frightening world of simon whose reality is hard to take or understand. There was a point there where I thought I might not finish the book but I did carry on and I am so glad I did.
Although Simon seems totally isolated and, in many ways abandoned, the reader later learns of the love and care that has always surrounded him and about those who have watched over him.
The nature of Simon's 'affliction' might be very difficult for the lay person to understand but this is not a book that leaves you feeling distraught and with more questions than answers, in fact it is quite the opposite.
I would urge anyone who felt this was 'not their cup of tea' but who was tempted to read out of their comfort zone to go on and give it a try. This is a very special book in many ways and one that will stay with me. The 2 star 'couldn't finish it' (from the point of view of my own reading tastes and preferences rather than any fault in the writing) slowly worked its way to 5 star as the book and my own interpretation of it progressed. In the end, I loved it!