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Incendiary

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

truly incendiary

I loved Chris Cleave's Little Bee, so when my husband learned that I was meeting a friend in a bookstore, he told me I should look for Cleave's first book Indendiary and see if I'd like that too. So I looked.

Pages of compliments to the author at the start of a book ...
I loved Chris Cleave's Little Bee, so when my husband learned that I was meeting a friend in a bookstore, he told me I should look for Cleave's first book Indendiary and see if I'd like that too. So I looked.

Pages of compliments to the author at the start of a book do tend to have a bad effect on me. By the time I'd found the first page of writing, my bookstore coffee was cold. I almost wrote the novel off as artsy and not my style but then I stopped and read again. And I was thoroughly hooked.

The novel starts as a letter: "Dear Osama." But the correspondent's no great politician, no stop-at-nothing soldier or truth-telling journalist, not even priest or a cleric, but rather a very ordinary Londoner mourning her dead boy and telling her tale.

And what a tale. Incendiary is haunting, mesmerizing even. Yet, despite its topic, it's also laugh-out-loud funny. When a neighbor in the high-class Wellington Estate tells the woman he thinks she's "very real," she responds that no-one's ever said that before, probably because they thought it so "bleeding obvious." But all the characters in this novel are heart-breakingly real, even Mr. Rabbit whose constant presence haunts and holds it together.

Of course, I'm English. There are places and names that I know as I sink into my chair and into the tale. I'm comfortable. I recognize this voice. But suddenly that quiet world falls spectacularly and totally apart. The author goes where others might justifiably fear to tread and creates something powerfully terrifying and horribly plausible.

Betrayal is such a simple word. We use it in so many ways. But one betrayal does not equal another, and Chris Cleave's novel has a depth and honesty that leaves the reader crying, not just for the dead boy, but for all the hopes and dreams that die in everyday betrayals, and for a world that might well be all too real, but really can't be trusted.

Incendiary is a masterpiece, just like Little Bee, and highly recommended.

posted by SheilaDeeth on March 10, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

No sample!

There was NO sample to read!

posted by 5287279 on February 1, 2011

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    No sample!

    There was NO sample to read!

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Osama

    She said this name far too many times. It was painful to read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    sample stinks

    purchased book not mything did not keep my interest at all

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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