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Slow down – and smell the acorn coffee.,
This review is from: Unexploded (Kindle Edition)
Big skies, wide seas, small minds trying to deal with unthinkeable events, this portrait of Brighton readied for invasion was worth experiencing even without the plot. And I don’t agree about the characters. While they might not have been the first people in the world you’d rush towards, their social background and inner life were entirely convincing and their growth towards wholeness, admirable.
Longlisted for the Booker prize, this novel deserved it. If you appreciate prose so hard-worked it sounds like it just fell out of her pen as she sat down, this is the book for you. A page-turning story, I needed to savour Unexploded a chapter at a time.
It’s true that Ms Mcleod made a (very) few mistakes to do with language used or medicines available in 1939, but to pick those out and use that to rubbish this book would be simply churlish. Small minded, should we say. A way of being that this book seeks to overthrow and succeeds. I’m really looking forward to the next one.