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A very interesting story of anger and revenge. Wonderful narration!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I enjoy most of the Victorian classic writers, but this modern attempt to emulate them simply did not work for me. John Fowles managed the trick masterfully, but Michael Cox does not. The book simply seemed to be trying too hard, with characters speaking as wooden caricatures, and cliches rolling in thick and fast. This was not helped by the narrator, who played it out as an amateur pantomime. I'm aware that the book has had rave reviews, so others may well enjoy it.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
A truly captivating tale, one that unravels tantalisingly yet satisfyingly. I have rarely been so swept up in a narrative, so impatient at being interrupted by real life, so eager to return to the haunts of E.G. in any of his varied guises. Where I would once have secluded myself by the fireside or by the pool to read, I now do housework and gardening oblivious to the drudgery, in thrall to my ipod and stunning works of fiction such as 'The Meaning of Night'. A masterpiece indeed!
46 of 47 people found this review helpful
I'm a fan of the neo Victorian novel and this had quite a lot going for it. The central mystery is interesting, and the final explanation of it satisfying. The first person narration and flashbacks generally worked well. There was lots of suspense (if I had read it rather than listened to it, I would have said that it was a page turner).
However, I never warmed to the central character (I know he's supposed to be morally ambiguous, but I just found him unpleasant). I also felt that some of the revelations and twists were drawn out too long, or telegraphed too far in advance.
Overall it was clever and interesting, but I was quite relieved when I finally finished it and could go on to something else.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful