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on 7 March 2012
I really enjoyed Joe Dunthorne's first novel, Submarine, so was very much looking forward to Wild Abandon. The novel is set in a Gower commune and follows the disintegration of the founding family. It's different from Submarine in that it deals with adult characters and mind-sets, though the adults in the book still have a childlike innocent that gives the novel its charming tone. It's funny and tender and though I'm not sure I enjoyed it as much as Submarine it marks Joe Dunthorne as a perceptive and funny writer who writes beautifully at times. The characters are rich and fully realised and as a reader I invested in them. If it had a fault I'd say that it ran out of steam before the end and felt like a train coasting to a halt at a station rather than slamming into a wall. Okay, that metaphor went wrong somewhere. For me, I like to see a story arc and whilst it could be argued each character's story completes, which they do, I would have preferred a more cohesive direction at the end. Having said that this is still a great book that I'd thoroughly recommend.
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