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2.0 out of 5 stars extremely well written but thoroughly depressing, 6 July 2008
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I am amazed that Richard & Judy chose this novel for their Summer Read collection. It is certainly not a book to read while relaxing by the pool. I enjoyed the reading of this as the style of writing is so pristine and fresh. It is also didactic and reveals the narrow minded prejudices of the not so distant past in a very powerful and clever way. It reminded me of Catcher in the Rye, one of my favourites. However, I just found the content so unedifying: self-harm, abuse, incestuous relationships, apathy, coldness etc, etc, etc. It was compulsive reading though as I had to find there was resolution and hope. If that hadn't come, I might just have put the book immediately in the bin. It has certainly made me think though and I am very moved by the experience of it but, too heavy going, for my taste but I can't deny its power and genius.
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Initial post: 18 Jul 2008 20:01:44 BDT
Boof says:
Hi, I just came across your comment on my review of A Gathering Light - maybe I wasn't in the right place when I read that as it is the sort of thing that I would usually enjoy. I'm glad you find my reviews helpful though, I do the same as you - read other peoples and know if a book is a safe bet by seeing what people with similar tastes to me enjoy.

I noticed on your profile that you are "obsessed" with books and me too! I have recently found this website called www.goodreads.com and it is full of people who are obsessed with books and there are chat forums etc - I go on there as, like you, I don't know anyone else witht the same passion/obsession as me.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jul 2008 21:21:35 BDT
love reading says:
Thanks very much. I will definitely look up this web site. And I'll continue to read your reviews to get tips!
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