Incendiary

Incendiary

by Chris Cleave
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Incendiary 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
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.
jewelsMN More than 1 year ago
I had no expectations going into this book. I bought it because I had just finished reading "Little Bee" and I liked the writing style of Chris Cleave. This book took me totally by suprise.....from the unique writing style and the actual story, to the author's ability to capture the disjointed grief of our main character, I was so captivated that I found myself wondering during the day (I read at night) how she was coping today. I was very taken with Cleave's grasp of how the mind works during the grief process. Definitely read this book if you appreciate depth in what you read.
avas_mom More than 1 year ago
Chris Cleave is an exceptional author and really knows how to write a compelling story that you can't put down! I read Little Bee first and immediatly went and bought Incendiary. Both stories are wonderful and I would highly recommend.
clee More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this book. I thought that the style of writing, telling the story in letters was amazing. This book is a must read.
Carolineshine More than 1 year ago
this has to be one of the best stories i've read in a long time. totally worth the purchase and highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this in paperback and read it all in one night. It is a quick read but it is interesting thoight provoking and even a little funny in parts tho overall it is a sad story. I havent read any other books by this author.
Tray73 More than 1 year ago
Very thought provoking novel. Great for book club discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!!!
Annie Sayers More than 1 year ago
This is cleave's first work and while.he was developing his talent of telling an unfortunately realistic, yet somber tale of tragedy in modern Britain it is not quite as polished nor as accesible. This is still a worthwhile read but just don't expect it to be little bee.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book. I was completely engaged in this one and couldn't stop reading. An eye opener for sure. The story is something so many can relate with, unfortunately, but is completely fascinating and you keep wondering how the main character will move on. I highly recommend.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The suicide attack killed a thousand attending the football game at Arsenal Stadium, but to the wife and mother of two victims, it is personal. Her grief has aged her and the video Osama made lauding those who killed the innocent upsets her further. --- The nameless widow decides to write a letter to Osama as her mourning gives her little comfort. Still her loss goes through the stages until she becomes angry that the government anticipated the attack, but did nothing to stop it. As her anger grows, she becomes a civilian working at Scotland Yard¿s antiterrorist unit where she learns a new strike is imminent, but it appears once again officialdom will do nothing. As she continues hermessage to Osama she believes now he is right that some people deserve to die as they are selfish but not everyone for instance why her innocent son. She now trusts no one especially not her government, the media, or her neighbor Christmas Eve has arrived with no hope or cheer for anyone. Yes Osama you are right. --- This is a deep thought provoking and haunting tale that will leave the audience stunned by the impact on the living by a terrorist act. The nameless protagonist comes across as an every-person whether they are a civilian victim in Iraq, the WTC, Madrid, or London. This talented author cleaves one through the soul of the audience that even when there are sprinkles of humor they turn the plot even more provocative. Not for the faint of heart, INCENDIARY is a powerful indictment of humanity. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't purchase books that have no sample, no matter how glowing the reviews.
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She said this name far too many times. It was painful to read
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This is a short read, this one is about a adulturous wife whom hubby and kids die in a terriost attack....Chris Cleave wrote "Little Bee" an amazing story, this one was pretty weak basically a letter written to Osama Bin Laden....
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Rachel Rivers More than 1 year ago
I was so captured by the writing of Chris Cleave when reading Little Bee. I can't wait to read this one.
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