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Allegorical tale of mans morality,
This review is from: Cold Skin (Paperback)
This is always and interesting and captivating read, their is suspense and intrigue a plenty. A genuine page turner. It is not the plot that harnesses these emotions, rather the protaganists slow descent into his own 'perception' of madness. His irrational justification of his actions and ideas comapred to those of his comrade 'Gruner' slowly truning him into everything he initially despises.
What lets the book down is that their is no further commentary on mankinds slef-destructive nature, its contradictory love and hate relationship with other species nor its bewildering lack of ability to stop the same mistakes happening repeatedly. The book limps to an undramatic, some what predictable ending and it made me want to start singing the 'circle of life'. The book had set me up for more and so it left me feeling a little short changed.
The characters are generally wholly un appealling, with virtually no charm and less wit. I wonder how much hunour has been lost in the translation. So an emotional connection was lacking.
That aside it is intelligent and interesting writing and worth a read.