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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, intelligent, addictive, 17 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Wilderness (Paperback)
The last reviewer said that this had school reading list written all over it. Well I guess I'm about to prove his point. I'm a secondary English teacher and this was left at our school by a Heinemann rep. Seeing as I was the only one who seemed vaguely interested in this book I took it home.

Now, I'm no Roddy Doyle devotee (I've never even wanted to read any of his work before) so if you're looking for a Doyle fan's perspective, some of the other reviews might help you more.

What I can say is that when reps leave novels for us I rarely finish them and never enjoy them, but I did enjoy this - a lot.

A previous reviewer mentioned that there is little of Roddy Doyle's humour in the novel, and well, I guess he's right. There aren't any jokes. Where I disagree with the previous reviewer is his assessment of the parallel storylines. I felt that they worked brilliantly. I wanted to know about the boys. I wanted to know about their sister. I found that my interest in both story lines was maintained throughout. And the two ideas are cleverly linked.

For me it was just subtle enough, and Doyle fills this book with subtle portrayals of character delivered in precise uncomplicated prose. Most teenage fiction misses the mark for me, but I believed this. It was great.

I picked this up (having forgotten about it on Monday, by Wednesday night I'd finished it. Now I am a bit of a soppy 'eejit' I admit, but the end to this book made me cry.

School reading list, here we come! - given a fair wind and a bit of leeway in the budget at least.
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Initial post: 23 Jul 2008 20:13:52 BDT
RJW says:
Funnily enough, I'm just buying a copy of eats shoots and leaves but was looking for a couple of books to bump up to free postage so coming across this review was interesting. Rather scary though. To think that a secondary school English teacher cannot tell the difference between there and their! May I recommend Lyn Truss' excellent book on grammer. Gosh I sound a pedant and guess I am but no offence intended.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2008 14:42:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jul 2008 14:47:49 BDT
One day I will learn to proof-read! You're right, of course (corrections made!) - a shocking example I set, I know. Mind you - "grammer"!? Shows how easy these slips can be! :)
I hope that you enjoy the book at much as I did.
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