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Complimenting the reader with a subtle pen
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Cold Character in a warm Climate
posted by Anonymous on July 12, 2002Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 20, 2001
This is an utterly boring book
The main character Banks is about as gripping as a live eel. The story is narrated through him and the reader can only guess at how conservative, friendless, boring, and pathetic the Banks hiding beneath a stiff upper lip and a lot of detecting jargon might be. It is hard to have a lot of sympathy or even empathy for a character so unlikeable. As such the one scene which is even vaguely a candidate for poignancy - where Banks finally meets his senile and estranged mother - is rendered useless because you've just stop caring about his quest for his parents. The cold, unexciting narrative style lingers on irrelevant details, spins out events as if they were more profound than they are and attempts to dress up a substancial lack of a cohesive plot. Banks is utterly unbelievable, changing his mind hilly-nilly not to suit the demands of a credible character but to suit the bizarre twists and turns of a random and rambling plot line. The plot for the record is not only random - it is also very boring. The childhood memories are about as nostalgic as a maths lesson - and a maths lesson serves a puropse which is more than we can say for most of these annoying episodes. If you are alone on a desert island and only have this to read I would consider adding it to your fire fuel or supply of bog roll.
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Posted February 13, 2011
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