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I liked this book. While the protaganist (Benny) is weak minded, sadomasochistic and basically a loser, the story is somehow interesting. Benny can't face reality, is unfaithful to himself and all of those around him. Yet he is not an evil person...we all have bits and pieces of him in ourselves, I think. The story makes you look a little at yourself, and this is not a bad thing (unless you can't handle it). The speaker, by the way, is excellent. A recommended read.
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A magnificent book. The language is beautifully rich. The author does a wonderful thing, he describes the world of a simple person in a refreshingly intricate way.
Listening is bliss.
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Steven Sherrill is an author of exquisite skill. He has the rare ability to be able to write novels in which not much really happens and yet every detail, every nuance is compelling. Even the most insignificant characters (a cat, for example) is given a back story that is as every bit as interesting as the protagonists.
And then we come to the protagonists. The hero...well, anti-hero as he is clearly utterly, utterly flawed, is so completely human that he is completely believable. We recognise fact that he stands by when he should intervene, and is fascinated by everything that goes wrong for others is something that we all do, whether we admit it or not, somehow makes us care about what happens to him, despite the terrible, terrible things he does. There is no question that this book is deeply disturbing and it is disturbing because we can identify with the Benny. Even the ending is true to his character, lacking in heroics or sense of doing the right thing.
Read by Holter Graham in an almost breathless style, this is a work of beauty. Hideous beauty.
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