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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2009

    Wow!

    I won't write much in fear of tipping off the ending. Let's just say that you'll be intrigued, entertained, and thrilled with this book. The ending will grab you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    A soul corroded by a lifetime of unhappiness.

    In contrast to the previous reviewers, I was engrossed in this story from the first page. The story is narrated by the title character, a young university student whom the reader begins to realize is a bit odd. The way this is conveyed to the reader reminded me of THE SIXTH SENSE. As the memoir progresses one senses the disconnect between the main character's version of events and the reality happening in the background. I must confess I cried at the end, not because I sympathized with this seriously disturbed young man, but because I emphathized with the lonliness and lifelong unhappiness that had, in his words, 'corroded his soul.' Unless you're one of the beautiful people, I think everyone has known what it's like to be the fifth wheel, the wallflower, or ignored. For most of us,those times are brief, but I can see how a lifetime of the isolation experienced by the main character would be corrosive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    Fascinating and Twisted

    I agree with the first reviewer that this is not a story for the impatient reader. I have to admit it took me a bit to get into this story, but well worth the wait. I could not understand at first why I needed to know so much DETAIL from the narrator about himself, but that, in fact, was extremely important in helping the reader get inside the mind of this strange, fascinating and ultimately twisted young man. Sebastian Faulks also did an excellent job building suspense by jumping back and forth in time, leaving the reader hungry for more at the end of one chapter only to move to another time in the narrator's sad and often violent life. I'm anxious to pick up another book by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2008

    Beautifully written

    I enjoyed this book very much. It is not for inpatient readers. If you love characters that are very thoughtfully constructed and stories with interesting depth 'though not necessarily an edge-of-your-seat page-turner', you would not be able to put this book down.

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