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I'm not sure what to say about this book. It is well written and the narrator has a very pleasant voice, but the story goes along like a slow plod through a muddy field lugging a suitcase. I caught myself zoning in and out but when I rewound I realised I hadn't missed anything. I couldn't really like the characters enough to care one way or another about their "angst" and every thing from a broken cup to reminiscing about the death of loved was delivered with the same depth of emotion. I kept listening and waiting for it to step into another gear or for something uplifting to happen but it just didn't.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The main character starts out as a grumpy and disengaged man, but an honest and straight talking neighbour triggers some frightening realisations and a good attempt to make amends. His is an interesting back story and family dynamic, but now his respectable academic career is a distant memory and his personal short comings are suddenly obvious. There are awkward and funny moments that made me laugh out loud. William McInnes has a beautiful voice and he does old man Frederick brilliantly.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A beautifully written and insightful book which explores many different issues including ageing and extinction. The characters are so very real and much of what they deal with is very confronting. William McInnes is simply brilliant!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful