"Do you know what love is?",
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This review is from: Little Flower of Luzon (Kindle Edition)
Don't be mislead by the jocular tone of the opening chapters; 'Little flower of Luzon' takes the reader into some dark places. It is that rare thing, romantic fiction from a male perspective, and if Felix is shallow and emotionally immature, he is also a believable and likeable narrator. He may also seem like something of a fantasy wish fulfillment - he loves a woman half his age and finishes Proust - but this only makes his troubles more disturbing. Like Hardy, O'Brien relies on improbable coincidences and is not afraid to make his characters suffer.
There are sub-plots involving the narrator's job - too many fictional lovers seem to live on air - and family, both of which carry interest unrelated to the main story, though Felix's obnoxious family made me dread his visits to them as much as he did. The choice of narrator also limits the book to a simple, chatty prose style which never quite takes off, but it does involve the reader more directly, like an actor breaking the fourth wall. We are led along a false trail, expecting no more than some romantic dalliance, but the story that unfolds has a genuine emotional force that overturns our expectations. It's harrowing.
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Initial post: 7 Nov 2012, 17:51:11 GMT
Richard O'brien says:
Thank you, J_Russell. I am glad you enjoyed my novel.
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