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5.0 out of 5 stars Attitudes in colour, 22 July 2009
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This review is from: All the Colours of the Town (Paperback)
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There are some places where the colour you paint your door, or the colour of the clothes you wear, mark you out, mark your religion out. This book, "All the colours of the town", brings those places into painful focus. It's well paced, managing to pick up the interest early on, and keep it going until the last page, and successfully uses the comparison between two cities to put the sudden twists into the perspective of reality.

The language of the book is striking - an eclectic mix of slang, both local and American, with an educated broadsheet style, which seems to epitomise the character of the protagonist. The descriptive passages draw a visual scene and soundscape, while using metaphors to illustrate the mood. If ever there were an example of how to get full marks in the national curriculum for literacy - this would be it.

The whole feel of the book was unashamedly masculine, female characters were passing and fleeting, window dressing to the masculine play. And yet the author had succeeded in developing a multidimensional protagonist, an imperfect man whose story centered around his job, but whose job was not the only important thing in his life. These other aspects of his life are beautifully illustrated throughout the book, and serve to make the violent aspects more poignant, as clearly separate to the average experience.

There is a fascinating conversation towards the end, between the protagonist and his ex wife, which highlights the nature of a relationship, when she challenges what he had done to a "friend", and it was clear that his understanding of friendship, and hers, were completely different.
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