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Pulp not literature,
This review is from: The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud (Paperback)
I am very surprised this book was published recently as it reads like a 1970s housewives' romance. The dialogue is shockingly stilted and clunky (with lost of gung-ho Americanisms about baseball and hotdogs), the religious agenda pompous and old hat (was it really necessary to have the one character sign-posted as the "atheist" changing his beliefs at the end of the story) and the odour of chauvinism isn't quite hidden thoughout (gee golly gosh- a FEMALE sailor who's a "natural beauty"- how very forward thinking- and she's not like all these other make-up wearing harlots in the town at all).
I was turned off the beyond the grave antics in the book because they are so unbelievable- there was no logic to the whole thing so the ending may of well consisted of a lime jelly shaped like Boris Johnson saving the day.
Beware- it also contains one of the most cringemakingly awful sex scenes I've read in a long time- as our heroine squeezes the hero's unmentionables we are told "she knew he was the most perfect man she had ever touched"- is this kind of material of any use outide a Mills and Boon novel?
In short the book may have summed up small town life in America which the last thirty years have forgot but the novel stuck in this time warp ultimately has very little to say on either life or death.