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The narration is amazingly stupendous. His voices for the senile, psychotic old men, the condescending nurse, the greedy daughters, the vicious hit men are painfully believable and fantastically acted.
The author's prose is delicious, full of delightful imagery and alliteration.There is humor in his word choice and juxtaposition.
It's just that the story is awful. There's a mad hermit gay defrocked priest, a cliché of a corrupt doctor, a foolish randy body guard, mention of an old death that might be murder but is not further discussed, torture and suicide, another death that is murder but is also not solved or resolved.
Two sadistic sisters want to trick their failing dad out of the family business. One family friend wants to trick them out of their trick. The third daughter just wants Daddy to be well and happy again. Daddy Dunbar stumbles through a freezing moor while his unhinged mind rambles through his life's regrets not knowing if he is mad or sane. About 3/4ths of the way through, there is some nasty action, and some tension, then there's resolution and forgiveness, and then it all ends horribly. If this is an allegory for our politics or society, we can all just slit our wrists now. Maybe this is good for some philosophy course in nihilism, I don't know. Not nice.
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