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Pilcrow 2 - This Time It's Longer,
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This review is from: Cedilla (Hardcover)
Do not attempt this book if you haven't read "Pilcrow" by the same author, as "Cedilla" is a continuation of its predecessor. Additionally, if you didn't enjoy "Pilcrow", you'll hate this book as it is essentially more of the same but significantly longer.
Caveats over, what of the book?
At the end of "Pilcrow", our disabled narrator John Cromer was sixteen years old, and we had followed his progress through life, battling the effects of Still's Disease. "Cedilla" sees John preparing to go to university in its early stages before going on an unaccompanied trip to India, then returns home and his life begins to disintegrate in many ways.
As with "Pilcrow" not an awful lot happens, yet the book is strangely compelling. John is a strange character, both lovable yet incredibly irritating, hilarious but maudlin, and there are times when I felt little sympathy for him - particularly towards the end of the book - where it seemed the predicaments he found himself in were entirely of his own making. If you read "Pilcrow" and found John irritating there, you'll despise him in "Cedilla" as his character is altogether bigger this time around.
The writing is stunning from start to finish, beautifully detailed and constructed throughout, and if you love language this book is a real feast. Yes it is overlong, by a hundred pages or so, and for this reason alone I deduct a star.
Like "Pilcrow", "Cedilla" ends on something of a cliff-hanger, and John Cromer is apparently to return, making this series a trilogy. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long for his return.
The best book I've read so far this year, and hugely recommended - but make sure you read "Pilcrow" first.