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A Tale of Growing Up,
This review is from: The Adult (Hardcover)
Jim Thorne's portrayal by the author Joe Stretch is written in a dry, straight, yet humorous style covering Jim's life from 1989-2009. Jim has talents as a youth that are unfulfilled but life has stagnated since then lacking any direction. As the only boy with a mother and her three sisters he feels dominated, especially as they are all winners and famous in their own ways. Jim is not helped by his father who is absorbed by computer games. Jim's boyhood and adolescence are described in the first person narrative. Friends and early attachments (Dilly the blow-up dolphin), his friends and longing for Kate (who looms throughout his life) that once were are no longer. His thoughts of underachievement are the beginnings of a personal introspection that may be recognisable to many. The emotions become very real and quite deep as the story progresses. This book is a real find and the author's narrative contains wry observations coming across succinctly. Look forward to his fourth novel.